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Careers and politics versus careers in politics.
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I approached my State Senate campaign with the intention of being a true citizen legislator - to maintain my career in the private sector, independent of any interest in government, while serving part-time and in the best interests of Virginia families.

I have always been critical of career politicians who hold office for decades, and I am a proponent of term limits.  I have respect for any legislator who adheres to self-imposed term limits, despite an ostensibly easy reelection.

The Republican Party is often criticized for not having viable conservative candidates for higher offices, yet I see little support for developing them at the state level.  Instead, our party leaders erect fiefdoms that serve to perpetuate their terms in office at the expense of their constituency.

In keeping with the spirit of a citizen legislator, it is essential that I manage my own professional career.  Coincidentally, just as we are getting well into the campaign, I was offered a tremendous opportunity to take a leadership role in a Fortune 50 company.  As such, the position will require international travel and eventual residency near their offices in Texas.

Obviously, this arrangement would not be conducive to either campaigning for or holding public office here in Virginia.

After discussing with my wife what is best for our young family, I have decided to withdraw from the race.  I will also resign my position as a State Central Committee Representative for the Republican Party of Virginia in the coming months.

I appreciate your support and encouragement thus far, not just in this campaign but in the common pursuit of conservative principles and governance in the Commonwealth that we have shared these past several years.  I have reached out to many of you personally with this news and I thank you again for all that you have done.  This decision is not one I have taken lightly.

We still have viable Republican candidates from the 10th District that can be competitive in what will be a hotly contested general election this fall. I look forward to watching the campaigns as they continue to unfold, and I am hoping for the best for Virginia in November.
 

Best regards,

Steve Thomas

I appreciate your support and encouragement thus far, not just in this campaign but in the common pursuit of conservative principles and governance.  
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