Rusty Munger said Thursday he has decided not to run for District 8 County Commission, but will back former Commissioner Curtis Adams instead.
Mr. Munger has picked up papers to run as a Democrat. Kenny Smith is also running as a Democrat.
Mr. Adams and incumbent Tim Boyd will be in the GOP primary.
Mr. Munger said, "After much careful consideration, I have decided to withdraw from the District 8 County Commissioner’s race. My decision was not easily reached. I had so many people show their support of my decision to run by signing my qualifying papers, kind words, etc. Although I do believe that I would have been a valuable asset to the County Commission, my personal and familial responsibilities are going to be source of distraction in my ability to conduct the county’s business to the best of my abilities. I hope that I will have another opportunity to represent the wonderful people of District 8. Thanks to all of you for the support you’ve shown thus far.
"With this in mind, I now ask that those who were willing to support my candidacy to back Curtis Adams as the next District 8 Commissioner. Curtis Adams is the only viable choice for District 8 County Commissioner. He has years of experience under his belt and welcomes community involvement and feedback in the way he conducts the business of his district.
"I had the opportunity to spend about one hour with Curtis today – just one on one. I was amazed by the sincerity and genuine concern that he has for District 8. As well, I was amazed by all of the honors that have been previously bestowed upon him. You don’t get those accolades by doing nothing!
"Sir Winston Churchill once said, “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood for something sometime in your life.” Curtis Adams is that person. He stands up for and by his convictions; be they popular or not.
"As most of us have heard or seen, many people have expressed all sorts of sentiments in the different types of media available to us regarding Curtis. However, I can honestly say that during our time together today, he never had one bad thing to say about anyone – not even his upcoming political opponents. Curtis showed me copies of his Discretionary Spending Account that each county commissioner gets every July 1st. In layman terms, each Commissioner is given $100,000 to spend in their district as he/she sees fit. I was amazed by diligence he showed with that fund. He even had money left over after helping to improve many different organizations, parks, schools, etc. I would encourage you to stop by and visit with him and see for yourself just what type of man Curtis really is. I was impressed…and I think you will be, as well!
"Once again, let me thank those who were willing to support my run for the County Commission. Words will never be adequate to express my heartfelt thanks. Remember, vote Curtis Adams for District 8 County Commissioner."