Bill Holtzclaw withdraws candidacy for U.S. Congress

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Madison-Republican and state Sen. Bill Holtzclaw on Thursday announced he’s ending his campaign for U.S. Congress.

Holtzclaw had announced his candidacy for Alabama 5th District in the U.S. House of Representatives against incumbent Rep. Mo Brooks in August.

“As someone who has worn the uniform, as someone who has been in harms way in defense of our nation, I’m here to tell you: you send me to Washington and the men and women in uniform are going to have another champion in Congress,” he said announcing his candidacy.

But the District 2 State Senator, who has represented portions of Madison and Limestone counties since 2010, said he will not seek re-election to his current seat. Instead, he is “ready to return to the private sector.”

“After much consideration I have decided to end my campaign for Congress in the 5th Congressional District,” Holtzclaw announced on his blog. “Two weeks ago, I began my final legislative session as the State Senator for District 2. At times it has been ‘rough and tumble,’ but in the end it has been a rewarding 8 years serving as a member of the Alabama State Senate. I’m proud to have championed legislation for small businesses, veterans’ affairs and to combat driving under the influence, along with numerous issues that constituents brought to my attention. I am proud of the passage of such bills and the positive changes they have brought to the lives of everyday Alabamians.”

He continued, “Thus after serving my country for 20 years as a US Marine, my state for 8 years as the Senator for AL District 2, and my city for 2 years as a Madison City Councilman; I am ready to return to the private sector. I am thankful to have had a good run and fought the good fight over 3 decades of public service. I will continue to serve in my role as a State Senator through the end of my term in November of this year. I look forward to spending more time with my family (including my second grandchild born over the holidays), working, and volunteering in my community.”

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