Ever since Congressman Linder announced his retirement, there has been speculation on who would run to fill his seat. Don Balfour has already announced that he will run for Linder’s seat. And there has been rumor that Ralph Reed and County Commissioner Mike Beaudreau would run, among others. But what about Senator David Shafer? He was one of the first names mentioned to fill the seat and was widely expected to have a solid base of support.
I’ve received his answer via email this morning, alluding to his young family:
I will be doing everything in my power to help elect a strong, principled conservative to succeed John Linder in Congress. But I have determined that my public service is best performed here in Georgia, on the state level, near the ones I love.
Shafer is popular among his constituents and I know that they support him. He made a difficult choice. Georgia keeps this State Senator.