Morning after workshop, long-time magistrate withdraws from ballot

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By Molly Haines

After filing to run for second district magistrate, incumbent Bobby Gaines withdrew his candidacy Jan. 27.

Gaines, whose current term as magistrate will end a 17-year run, said he had no specific reason for withdrawing.

“I just decided that I had all I needed of it,” Gaines said. “There’s a lot of problems right now and I just didn’t want to be in the middle of it anymore.”

Gaines said he probably wouldn’t have filed for candidacy had he not been encouraged to do so.

“I had several people encourage me to come out again,” Gaines said. “I hate (withdrawing) but I’ve just had enough of it.”

Gaines said during his run he feels that he has been a voice for the people.

“I feel like I’ve helped out a lot of people,” Gaines said. “The people need somebody to stand up for them and I feel like I did.”

Gaines said he appreciates the support he has received from the people in his district.

“I thank the people for electing me four consecutive terms,” Gaines said. “I’ve worked with three different judges. Tom Olds, Billy (O’Banion) and now Carolyn (Keith).”

Gaines said his goal for the remainder of his term is to continue working with Keith and his fellow magistrates with issues that have been worked on since Keith took office.

“For the last year we’ve just been trying to get the county straightened out,” Gaines said. “I’d like to continue that. I think there’s still a lot that needs to be done to get this county straightened back out.”