Although his name will apparently remain on the August 7 General Election Ballot, long time Second District County Commissioner Bobby Joines has decided to withdraw from the race for re-election due to his health.
In a prepared statement to WJLE, Joines expresses his appreciation to the people of the second district for their support but because of an illness, he will not be able to run for re-election.
Joines, a Republican was first elected to the county commission from the second district in 2002. He was re-elected in 2006 and again in 2010. He will be completing his third term August 31.
Before learning of his illness, Joines had intended to seek a fourth term. He was nominated by the DeKalb County Republican Party Caucus earlier this year.
Joines' statement is as follows:
"To the DeKalb County Election Commission and Administrator Dennis Stanley, The Republican Nominating Committee and Party, and the residents of the 2nd District of DeKalb County.
As the August General Election is approaching fast, I want to let you know due to my battle with cancer and declining health, I will not be able to fill my obligation to run in the election in August.
I would like to thank the voters in the 2nd district for putting your trust in me over the past 12 years. Your support has always been greatly appreciated. I always voted from my heart, what I felt like was in the best interest for the 2nd district and DeKalb County as a whole.
It has been a pleasure to serve with our County Mayor and County Commissioners from the other districts. I am proud of what our county has accomplished over these years.
Thank you again for all your support these past 12 years. God Bless You."
Other candidates vying for the two positions on the county commission from the second district in the August General Election are Democratic nominees Joe N. Johnson and Clarence Trapp and Independent candidate James "Jimmy" E. Midgett.