Clarkston mayor Ted Terry announced Jan. 27 that he is ending his campaign for U.S. Senate in the race against Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga.

In a statement written to his supporters, Terry announced he will be suspending his campaign for Senate and will be resigning as mayor in March.

“For now the change that I will continue to fight for will remain at the local level,” Terry wrote. “In March I will be resigning as mayor to run for the Super Commission District 6 seat in my home county of DeKalb.”

The 36-year-old was elected mayor in 2013 and has lived in DeKalb for 10 years. As mayor, Terry raised the minimum wage to $15 an hour for city employees, made Election Day a holiday, and decriminalized simple marijuana possession. Terry entered the Senate race July 2019.

“The change we wish to see in the world, happens one by one, person to person, community to community,” Terry wrote in his statement.

Below is an excerpt from his statement:

“I must, however, suspend my campaign for U.S Senate at this time. The old saying that it takes coal to run a train, but it takes gold to run a campaign is more true in this age of politics than ever before. And while the thousands of you who have pitched in has made a huge difference, it just isn’t enough to sustain us all the way to the May 19th primary.

“We must win both seats to end Mitch McConnell’s “graveyard” of bills that advance goals like improving healthcare access and reducing gun violence, and put a stop to his packing of our federal courts with right wing extremist judges. I believe I can best contribute to that effort at this time by building Georgia’s progressive statewide grassroots network rather than being a Senate candidate myself this year.

“It’s not over for us. It’s not over for me.”

Some of the candidates remaining in the race include former Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, business executive Sarah Riggs Amico and former 6th District candidate Jon Ossoff. Rev. Raphael Warnock of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church may also run.

Republican U.S. Rep. Doug Collins is also expected to announce his campaign for Senate, challenging U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler.

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