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06 April 2010

State Sen. Don Thomas Not Running For Re-election

Another state legislator is retiring from office at the end of the year.

On Monday, state Sen. Don Thomas, R-Dalton, said he will retire at the end of the year.

Part of his decision, he said during his announcement at WDNN-TV in Dalton, was that his wife, Emma Jean, was diagnosed with lung cancer two years ago.

“I’m much more needed now at home, in my medical practice, and first of all, in helping take care of my wife in her illness,” he said.

Bradfield, Timothy (2010-4-6). Thomas to retire; Williams to seek re-election. Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved on 2010-4-6.

Dalton City Councilman Charlie Bethel is hoping to replace Thomas in the state Senate.