George Jackson, candidate in the race for Chattanooga City Council’s District 2, announced Monday he will drop out.

Jackson, a corporal in the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and president of the Hamilton County Young Republicans, cited “personal time constraints,” such as the birth of his new daughter as driving his decision. He has never held political office before.

“I’m excited about Chattanooga’s future,” Jackson said in a news release. “I look forward to continued involvement in the life of our city, government and the Republican Party. But my greatest excitement is reserved for my newest title: Dad.”


Jackson announced his entrance into the race in September.

His exit leaves Jerry Mitchell, a former city Parks and Recreation director; Priscilla Simmons, former manager of the city’s Finance Department; and Roger Tuder, president and CEO of the Associated General Contractors of East Tennessee, as candidates who have qualified for next year’s election.

District 2 covers the areas of North Chattanooga, Northgate, Riverview, Stuart Heights and Lupton City.

Jackson is not the first candidate to abandon a campaign for office. On Friday, mayoral candidate Rob Healy said he no longer saw his candidacy as viable, partially because of a lack of campaign fundraising.

Municipal elections are March 5.