Former Asst. Secretary of State and White House Fellow Cory Wilson announced to friends and supporters that he will not run to replace Walter Michel in SD 25.

Many of you know that for a few weeks, I have been weighing a run for Walter Michel’s Senate seat, which includes parts of Hinds and Madison Counties. I have been encouraged by some great folks, and I have received gratifying offers of support. It would be an incredible privilege to represent an area that is home to so many friends. But after a lot of prayer, counsel, and contemplation, it is clear to me, and my family, that this is not my race to run.
Public service is a calling, and I will again answer, when the time is right. This year, however, we are simply not led to jump into a campaign–and in politics, timing is everything. Stephanie and I appreciate the offers of support. Rest assured, we will be helping the conservative cause in other ways!

Also, technology entrepreneur Joel Bomgar took a serious look at running for the seat after being encouraged by district residents and businesspeople. Joel is a graduate of Belhaven University and runs the highly successful Bomgar Corporation (http://www.bomgar.com), and has taken a more visible role in conservative causes in recent years. After meeting with some party insiders, who encouraged him to run, he is leaning against running due to business demands for his growing company that would make running for the seat now untimely, but is leaving the door open for future opportunities.