Republican candidate for Hall County Sheriff Rickey Tumlin withdrew from the race Monday, endorsing Jon P. Strickland on his way out.
Tumlin, a 32-year veteran of the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, was the third candidate to join the race last summer.
As part of his platform, Tumlin had proposed cutting sheriff’s office administration and reducing patrol shifts from 12 to eight hours.
Since then, Tumlin said both he and his wife have suffered health setbacks, and he decided to drop out of the race following advice from his primary care physician and his cardiologist.
“No one is more disappointed than I (am),” Tumlin said in a prepared statement.
Tumlin endorsed Strickland, saying the former Georgia State patrolman shared his views on law enforcement.
Tumlin is the second candidate to officially drop out of the race. Chad Cobb dropped out in March, endorsing Gerald Couch.
Still left in the race are Richard Blevins, Couch, Chuck Hewett, John Sisk, Jeff Strickland and Jon P. Strickland.
Qualifying for the election is in late May.