State Representative John Pezold (R-Columbus) has decided to end his tenure in the State House when his current term is up. He announced his intentions this morning via Facebook.
“Since 2013 I have had the incredible honor of representing my family, friends and neighbors in the Georgia House of Representatives. After lengthy consultation with my family and friends, it is with a grateful heart that I am announcing that I have decided to not seek reelection next year. My family has been incredibly supportive during my time in office. However, with my children growing older and my professional responsibilities increasing, the time is right to step away from public office and devote my full attention to them.
“Representing you in Atlanta has been the honor of a lifetime and a responsibility I do not take lightly. When I made the decision to run in 2012, I committed to you to advocate for open, honest, transparent, and limited government. I’m proud of my fight for those causes and will continue that fight through the end of the 2018 legislative session.”
Pezold is the second Columbus area legislator to announce that he will not seek re-election. State Senator Josh McKoon will also be stepping aside, presumably for a statewide run for an unspecified office.