State Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell) has announced that he will not join the race for Tom Price’s Congressional seat if it opens up.

Price’s recent nomination by President-elect Donald Trump to be the next U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services, if confirmed by the Senate, would leave the Sixth Congressional District seat open. Three candidates have already announced runs for the potential race: state Sen. Judson Hill (R-Marietta); former state Sen. Ron Slotin, a Democrat; and Roswell attorney Josh McLaurin, who is also a Democrat.

State Sen. John Albers

Albers was among several other officials considering a run. In a Dec. 13 press release headlined “Big Decision,” he said he will remain in the state Senate.

“Ultimately, after much prayer and insight, I have decided to choose my family without any regrets,” Albers said in the release, indicating that local political service gives him more time with his son. “…I will continue to work hard and serve you in the Georgia Senate.  While now is not my time, I will continue to look forward at future opportunities to serve my state and country.”

Albers’ decision cuts down on the possible political ripple effects of Price’s nomination if Gold Dome seats open up as officials make runs. The Sixth Congressional District includes parts of Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs.

John Ruch

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.