Westmoreland takes himself out of governor’s race

[private]Lynn Westmoreland toyed with the idea for several months but says he has now decided against running for governor next year.

The former congressman and legislator released a statement to that effect Wednesday:

“After much prayer and consideration, Joan and I have decided that I will not be a candidate for governor in 2018. While I am humbled by the kind words and encouragement that we have received from so many over the last few months, I think the best contribution that I can make to our state is outside of elected office. I’ve always thought of public service as a noble cause and it was truly an honor of a lifetime to represent so many hard working Georgians for so many years in both in the legislature and then later in congress. I look forward to doing all I can to support the Republican nominee for Governor and the entire Republican ticket in 2018.”

After serving 12 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Westmoreland decided not to run for another term in the 3rd Congressional District last year. He returned to Georgia and was kicking the tires on a possible run for governor before ruling himself out of it.

The former homebuilder from Coweta County served in the Georgia House before getting elected to Congress in 2004.

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