Miller’s decision comes as top state Democrats try to clear the field in crowded primary races. On Sunday, ex-prosecutor Charlie Bailey switched from the race for attorney general to the contest for lieutenant governor at the urging of influential supporters who hope to make him the front-runner.
“This campaign will not be our last. Our cause is too important. We live in unprecedented times,” Miller wrote. “As candidates, we often forget campaigns do not determine who we are, they reveal who we are. As voters, we should hold our elected officials and candidates to the highest ethical and moral standards. Our future depends on it.”
Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, a Republican, isn’t seeking a second term. State Sen. Burt Jones is squaring off against Senate GOP leader Butch Miller for the Republican nomination. Party activist Jeanne Seaver is in the race as well.
Aside from Bailey, the Democratic contenders include state Rep. Erick Allen of Smyrna; state Rep. Derrick Jackson of Tyrone; and state Rep. Renitta Shannon of Decatur.