A second candidate considering a run for the vacant Georgia House District 129 seat has decided not to run in the special election.
John Pezold, the 29-year-old son of local entrepreneur Jack Pezold, said family concerns outweighed his desire to run.
"My family is my No. 1 thing," he said Monday morning.
Retired Realtor Ted Land, who served in the Georgia Senate from 1979 to 1990 and on Columbus Council for 2 1/2 years in the mid-1990s, said last week he would not run after giving it serious consideration. Land, 72, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will undergo radiation treatment at the John B. Amos Cancer Center.
Pezold, who manages the Bradley Park McDonald's, flirted with the idea for a few days.
"It just didn't seem like it would work," he said.
There is no shortage of announced candidates to fill the seat vacated by Vance Smith’s appointment as commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation has drawn a lot of interest.
Those who have announced candidacy are:
Muscogee County Republican party activist and a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network Colin Martin.
Publication consultant and a former radio and television talk-show host Jerry Luquire.
Pine Mountain salon owner Steve Earles.
Former state representative Earl Davis, a Harris County businessman who last served in the General Assembly 35 years ago.
Smith's son, Kip Smith, said he is considering running for the seat held by his father. He has yet to announce his intentions.
District 129 includes parts of Muscogee, Harris and Troup counties.
A special election will be held to fill the term. The election likely will be this fall. State law requires the governor to call for the election, and then the Georgia secretary of state must set qualifying dates.