Citing work and family, House District 6 Republican Primary candidate Steve Darden announced today that he is withdrawing from his race against incumbent Micah Van Huss for a seat in the Tennessee House of Representatives.
“I’ve struggled with the impact that pursuing this political office and serving in Nashville would have on me and my family, our law firm and my law practice,” says Darden. “After careful consideration and much prayer, my family and my profession must come first and so I’ve made the difficult yet clear decision to withdraw and focus on those things.”
“Some people will now be disappointed but I’ve thought about this long enough and it is the right decision,” Darden said.” Unfortunately, my name will be on the August 2nd ballot.”
Darden has practiced law for over 30 years and is a listed mediator. During his decade as a Johnson City Commissioner and Mayor, he helped address downtown flooding with infrastructure that included Founder’s Park, was instrumental in initiating and helping to develop the Tweetsie Trail and was an agent of fiscal responsibility who participated in 10 balanced budgets.
“I offer my heartfelt thanks to those who pledged their support, and special thanks to my family for standing by me,” Darden concluded.