Hamilton County School Board chair Mike Evatt told Pachyderm Club members on Monday that he has decided to pull out of the race for Circuit Court Clerk.  The incumbent, Paula Thompson announced earlier this year that she would not seek another term in the 2014 county election.  District 7 County Commissioner Larry Henry remains in the race.

Evatt, who lives in District 9, says he is undecided about seeking another term on the School Board next year, and will announce his plans about that seat at a later date.

In a prepared statement, Evatt told Channel 3 Eyewitness News:

"A few weeks ago, I became a grandparent for the first time. I'm sure that many of you can identify with this life changing experience, but my grandson was born with some special needs.

With time and medical support, he'll be just fine.

"But my role as a parent and grandparent have taken on a new meaning for me as my priority is to be a constant means of support for him and our family during this process.

"Also, coupled with my grandson's needs, both my mother and in-laws are facing declining health issues.

"Therefore, after prayerful consideration, I must announce today that I am withdrawing my candidacy for Circuit Court Clerk.

"Running an effective and successful county-wide campaign requires and deserves a great deal of time and energy….. Time and energy that needs to be focused on my family at this time.

"While I may be withdrawing from this campaign, I am by no means withdrawing from public service.

"My passion has been and will continue to be to contribute my abilities and experiences to the growth and progress of Hamilton County. After all, my stake in this community is now even greater seeing that the next generation of Evatt's will be growing up here.

To those who have pledged your support to me, I thank you from the bottom of my heart and ask your continued support for future endeavors."