February 17, 2014

Staten will not seek re-election

From Staff Reports

— The Whitfield County Board of Commissioners will have quite a different look next year.

Commissioner Robby Staten said Monday he will not seek re-election for his District 3 seat. Last month, Commissioner Gordon Morehouse said he would not run for re-election.

Staten, a Whitfield County native, said he is uncertain whether he will be in the same district in the future. Morehouse gave the same reason for not seeking a second term.

“I love being a county commissioner, I love this county, but I can’t guarantee I’ll be in my district for the next four years,” said Staten, who works as an accountant at the family business, Ed Staten CPA in Dalton.

Staten wanted to let the public and any potential candidates know he will not be running again because the primaries this year will be two months earlier than in the past.

Typically, Georgia has held its primaries in July, but a federal judge moved primaries for congressional races to May 20, and the General Assembly earlier this month moved primaries for state and local races to May 20 as well. Qualifying is March 3 to March 7.