Since then, however, he has tendered his resignation as administrator, and on Monday he announced his withdrawal from the race for County-Judge Executive.
Alexander was the second candidate in a week to withdraw from the May 16 primary election, as Jim Ricks told County Clerk Wanda Thomas April 13 he was dropping his campaign for Third District County Magistrate, citing health concerns. Their names will still appear on the primary ballot, however, which have already been printed to facilitate absentee voting.
In a written release to local press, signed April 17, Alexander writes: “Unaware of the demands a campaign can place on a family and the added stress it creates, I have chosen to withdraw from the 2006 campaign. I want to apologize to all my friends, supporters and family members if I have placed any of you in an awkward position.”
“The decision was not made hastily,” the announcement continues, “only after much prayer and discussion with my wife and immediate family and closest friends did I reach my decision. At this particular crucial time in the lives of my children, I feel it is imperative that I am available for them as much as humanly possible.”
Hollis has three children with his wife Denise — the oldest 15, the youngest 6. In a telephone interview with The Cadiz Record Monday evening, one of Alexander’s three children could be heard playing.
“That’s my baby girl,” he said.
When asked if his decision precluded him from running for office in the near future, Alexander said, “I’d hate to speculate, but more than likely, yes.
“It would probably be a long time.”
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