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Beatty drops out of District 1 Hall commissioner race
Move comes just days after candidate qualified for election
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Tony Beatty, a longtime Republican campaign strategist and consultant, pulled out of the District 1 race for the Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday after qualifying earlier this week.

Lawyer Paul Stanley, who oversees the qualifying and credentialing process for Republican candidates seeking local elected office, told The Times that Beatty signed an affidavit asking that his name be removed from the ballot.

“It is with much prayer and consideration that I announce I will not continue to seek the Republican nomination in the May 20 primary for county commission in District 1,” Beatty said in a statement.

“Due to unforeseen private family issues, I have decided that now is not the right time for me to be seeking public office. I appreciate all the support I have gained over the last several months and I want to thank them for their continued support in the future.”

Ken Cochran, first vice chairman of the Hall County Republican Party, and Kathy Cooper, a South Hall farmer and businesswoman, are now the remaining candidates vying to replace Commissioner Craig Lutz on the board.

The qualifying period for candidates to run for elected office in Hall County began at 9 a.m. Monday and ends at noon today.