Muscogee Republican and former Columbus Council candidate Colin Martin said today that he will not be a candidate for the Georgia House District 129 seat Vance Smith left to become state transportation commissioner.
Martin, a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, said he had to re-evaluate his plans to run for state representative when his 14-year-old daughter fractured both legs while training to run cross-country.
Her recovery will take four to six weeks, so he has decided he needs to focus on taking care of his family rather than running a political campaign, he said.
His exiting the race leaves announced candidates Kip Smith, who is Vance Smith's son; publication consultant and a former talk-show host Jerry Luquire; Pine Mountain businessman Steve Earles; and former state representative Earl Davis. The election will be Nov. 3.
A former vice chairman of the Muscogee County Republican Party, Martin in 2002 ran unsuccessfully for Columbus Council Post 2. He is married to Beth Martin. They have two daughters.