Democrat James Marlow has reportedly decided to accept the certified results of the June 19 special election, which had him 198 votes behind second-place finisher Paul Broun, Jr. and, therefore, out of the runoff. In a statement released this afternoon, he said:
“From the beginning, the most enjoyable part of this campaign was reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones,” he said. “I owe a great debt of gratitude to everyone who contributed to the campaign, hosted me in their home, knocked on a door, made a phone call, waved a sign on a street corner or just spoke with a neighbor about our campaign. I can’t thank you enough for believing in me and the message of our campaign.
“I do not plan on contesting or challenging the results of the election, and I congratulate Jim Whitehead and Paul Broun for winning the two slots in the runoff,” he said.
What a coincidence — the two candidates in the runoff actually live in, and know, the district in which they are running. We wish the best of luck to Mr. Marlow in the future, and along with it offer this suggestion: though he received 55% of the vote in Athens-Clarke County, it might behoove him, should he decide to run again in the future, to do so in a district he actually lives in.