Mr. Stephens, an eight-year veteran of the state Senate and communications director for former Gov. Zell Miller, said Tuesday he would not seek the congressional seat or any other public office in the foreseeable future. The 53-year-old Cumming resident received slightly more than 2,000 votes, or 4 percent, in last week's special election for the remainder of the 9th District term.
"I just think that other people are better positioned at the moment to serve in Congress," Mr. Stephens said. "The results were not what we had hoped. That's the reality of it."
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