Colton C. Moore, Georgia's House of Representative from District 1, has announced he will not be seeking a second term as representative.
"After weeks of careful thought and prayers, I will not be seeking reelection to the Georgia House of Representatives for the 2021-2022 term," Moore said in an open Public Service Announcement to the Citizens of Northwest Georgia dated March 2, 2020.
"Politics should never be a profession and public office should never be a career. In my career and in politics, I have concluded my time, resources and treasure are not best suited for serving in the Georgia House of Representatives."
The 26-year old was and is the youngest elected official ever from Dade County. With no declared Democratic opponent, Republican Moore was elected as the presumptive District 1 State Representative on May 22, 2018 after defeating John Deffenbaugh by a margin of 326 votes with a final tally of 2,184 to 1,858. On January 14, 2019 he became the Georgia State House Representative for District 1.
"Elected office is a heavy burden, but a great honor," Moore said in the letter. "I would encourage anyone with a heart for service to consider candidacy for District 1. Freedom and liberty are not free, the price must be paid for every generation. Candidate qualifying is Monday-Friday at the Gold Dome."
On September 23, 2018 Representative-Elect Colton Moore sent a publicized letter to Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-A, to consider several locations throughout Dade County for new Chick-fil-A restaurants. The letter also suggested Chick-fil-A should consider Exit 169 off Interstate 24, which receives nearly 70,000 cars per day, as Chick-fil-A's first truckstop restaurant.
On October 15, 2018 Rep-Elect Moore acquired the domain name BrianKemp.com, in reference to Georgia's current Secretary of State and 2018 Republican gubernatorial nominee, Brian Kemp. Previously, BrianKemp.com had been redirected to Democratic opponent Stacey Abram's website, which caused confusion for those looking for Brian Kemp's official website.
Prior to politics, Moore was the State President of Georgia Future Business Leaders of America under Executive Director Monty Rhodes from March 2011 to March 2012. During that time he led more than 25,000 students and 320 advisers.
"Forever, I will be humbled by your confidence in me to serve. I hope you will find I have served diligently and with integrity," Moore said. "It is my opinion that Georgia is better off today than two years ago. The unborn have a better chance at life, our debt has been acknowledged, and the problems of over regulating teachers is now common discussion amongst lawmakers."