“I am resigning from my race against Marjorie Taylor Greene. I am deeply saddened by the personal and family reasons that prevent me from continuing on as a candidate for Georgia’s 14th Congressional District. Although all the details will remain my family’s alone, please understand this was not an easy decision. We are real people managing hard choices,” stated Democratic nominee Kevin Van Ausdal in a statement released today.

“While I am stepping down from being the face of this fight for the people of Northwest Georgia, we have to carry on,” Van Ausdal said, “We cannot allow the extremism and divisiveness of Marjorie Taylor Greene to be unchallenged in November. I urge the Democratic Party of Georgia to name a new Democratic nominee, and I will do all I can to ensure the energy and support I have received in my campaign will be behind whomever the Party selects as our standard-bearer in this fight for the soul of our nation.”

    Kevin conveys heartfelt thanks for the outpouring of support he has received in this race. “This election is important, but it has never been about me. This race is about the people of Northwest Georgia.”

Van Ausdal is leaving Georgia and will be officially changing his residency. Once he has completed this process and updated his voter registration, he will be notifying the Georgia Secretary of State of his updated status. Georgia law requires that a new candidate be named to  fill the position for Democratic Nominee for Congress once Van Ausdal has officially been removed from the ballot. A similar process occurred earlier this year with the sudden passing of civil rights legend John Lewis, who was serving as the Member of Congress in Georgia’s 5th District.