Cherokee County Commissioner Jason Nelms will not run for a second term.
Nelms, who represents District 4, announced Friday afternoon he will not qualify as a Republican candidate for the May 20 primary. Nelms said he's enjoyed his tenure as a "public servant" and appreciates the support he's had from District 4 residents.
"I have opportunities with my business, both domestically and internationally, that are going to require my attention moving forward," he said. "I am extremely honored to be a part of the accomplishments brought to this post during the last four years."
Nelms touted examples such as Hobgood Park, the Cherokee 75 Corporate Park development and Cabela's announcement that it will develop a store in extreme southwest Cherokee County.
Nelms, who was first elected in 2010, went on to say his future business traveling schedule won't allow him to serve Cherokee County on a full-time basis, but said he would look forward to serving again "at a future date."
Woodstock residents K. Scott Gordon, Larry Singleton and Joe Robert will duke it out for the seat in the May 20 Republican primary.