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Staton leaving state Senate

Macon state Sen. Cecil Staton will not run for re-election this year, he announced Tuesday.

Staton said he wants to spend more time with his family and focus on his business.
That's why he's decided to go back to life as a private citizen and will not seek another term.

"We've been doing this for 10 years. And it takes a lot away from family, business, being at home. This is senior year in high school for my youngest son and so a lot of factors weigh into it but I think 10 years is probably a good number, a good run and enough," said Staton.

13WMAZ's Randall Savage asked Staton if his business have suffered because of his tenure in the Senate.

"Our businesses are like all businesses. Certainly they've been impacted by the economy as much as anything. But yeah it's a huge burdon on my wife particularly for me to be able to be away for weeks and months on end at times," he said.

Staton, a Republican, has held the District 18 seat since 2005.

The district includes all of Crawford, Monroe, Peach and Upson counties and parts of Bibb and Houston counties.

Already running for Staton's seat: Thomaston doctor Spencer Price and Macon attorney John F. Kennedy, both Republicans.

In 2012, Staton beat Price by less than 200 votes out of more than 20,000.


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