Larry Miller, the Democratic candidate for state House District 26, announced Thursday he would suspend his campaign to unseat current Rep. and House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick.

Miller, a former vice president for institutional advancement at Chattanooga State Community College, said he made his decision to withdraw from the race after being offered a job at the University of Texas at Austin.

Although efforts by to reach Miller were unsuccessful, Hamilton County Democratic Party Chairman Paul Smith described the position as “prestigious.”

“We’re of course disappointed to lose a top-quality candidate,” Smith said. “His name will still be on the ballot, and he has the possibility to help university students all over this country. That’s a higher calling, and the job came open for him. It does show the quality of candidates we have.”


Miller, who ran unopposed in the August primary, faced a likely uphill battle against McCormick, who has represented the “safely Republican” district since 2004.

McCormick will now face Independent Rodger Cooksey in the Nov. 6 election.