Rocky Mount attorney Joe Hester has decided to withdraw from the N.C. House District 25 race.
Hester, a Democrat, filed two weeks ago on the last day of the candidate filing period to challenge N.C. Rep. Jeff Collins, R-Nash, for the position. However, Hester mailed a letter announcing his withdrawal as a candidate to state and county elections officials this week.
The Nash County Board of Elections received the letter Thursday.
Hester said he decided he doesn’t have the time to run a law practice and conduct a campaign.
“It’s a conclusion I’ve made since I filed,” Hester said during a phone interview Thursday night. “ ... I can’t run my law practice and run a campaign.”
N.C. House District 25 is a multi-county office that represents residents in Franklin and Nash counties. Hester was the only Democratic candidate who filed to run for the position, so he became the Democratic nominee.
The Democratic Party has until 75 days before the general election to select and certify the name of a replacement nominee to be placed on the ballot, according to state statutes.
Collins, a financial consultant from Rocky Mount, is seeking his third term in the N.C. House.