Mike Evatt Decides Not To Run For Circuit Court Clerk

Monday, November 18, 2013

County School Board Chairman Mike Evatt announced Monday that he has decided not to run for Circuit Court clerk.

He said, "I am guessing that many of you have wondered why I’ve fallen off the grid lately.

"Well, a few weeks ago, I became a grandparent for the first time. I’m sure that many of you can identify with this life changing experience, but my grandson was born with some special needs.

With time and medical support, he’ll be just fine.

"But my role as a parent and grandparent have taken on a new meaning for me as my priority is to be a constant means of support for him and our family during this process.

"Also, coupled with my grandson’s needs, both my mother and in-laws are facing declining health issues.

"Therefore, after prayerful consideration, I must announce today that I am withdrawing my candidacy for Circuit Court clerk.

"Running an effective and successful county-wide campaign requires and deserves a great deal of time and energy….. Time and energy that needs to be focused on my family at this time.

"While I may be withdrawing from this campaign, I am by no means withdrawing from public service.

"My passion has been and will continue to be to contribute my abilities and experiences to the growth and progress of Hamilton County. After all, my stake in this community is now even greater seeing that the next generation of Evatts will be growing up here……..

"To those who have pledged your support to me, I thank you from the bottom of my heart and ask your continued support for future endeavors."

County Commissioner Larry Henry announced earlier for the post.

Paula Thompson is not seeking re-election.


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