District 26 state Rep. Marc Morris told the Forsyth County News on Thursday he will not seek a third term in office in 2020.
Morris, who was first elected in 2017 and re-elected in 2018, said while he had enjoyed the chance to represent voters in west and northwest Forsyth in the Georgia General Assembly, it came at the expense of time and energy for his personal business.
“I’ve been honored to represent the 26th District in Atlanta,” Morris said, “but the time that is involved to do the best job possible is so significant that it is a tremendous distraction to my business activities.”
In 2017, Morris, who is president of The Talmadge Group, an information technology firm, announced his intention to fill the seat for the unexpired term of Geoff Duncan, who stepped down to focus on a successful campaign to become lieutenant governor, and won the election later that year against Democrat Steve Smith and fellow Republican Tina Trent.
Morris said he will serve the remainder of his term.
As a legislator, Morris said some of the work he was most proud of was fighting for water resources for the state and increasing penalties for swatting, the term for a false report to law enforcement intended to draw a heavy police presence.
“We’ve already seen arrests associated with [swatting] just this month. It went into effect in January,” Morris said. “Some of [the incidents were] very similar and some spot. The legislation, I worked with Sheriff Ron Freeman and his team to strengthen those laws.”
Morris was quick to thank the local community for their support during his tenure.“It’s just been absolutely my honor, and I am so thankful for our friends, the folks who have supported us through this effort. I’m so thankful for them,” Morris said. “It’s been my honor to represent this community, and it will continue to be through January 2021.”