After much thought, I’ve made a heartfelt decision not to run for public office.

At the age of 65, soon to be 66, I’ve determined that it was not in my best physical, emotional, spiritual, or financial interest to begin a new career in politics.

I recognize the need for change and the importance of new leadership in Harris County, and I will actively support the Democratic ticket and do whatever I can to ensure its success.

The decision to remove myself from the arena was a difficult one for me because I do feel responsible to those of you who have offered me your time, your knowledge, ideas, and input, as well as your financial support – and to my community, the Democratic Party, and our democratic system of government. The thoughtful process approaching this final decision also confirmed my wish to have the energy and time for my wife, my children, my grandchildren, my siblings, and my friends. I know you will understand.

I have been touched and am greatly appreciative of the generosity of so many of you that quickly and without hesitation contributed to my campaign. All of those contributions will be returned as soon as possible. All of the vendors and consultants will be paid in full by my personal funds. Thank all of you for your encouragement and support.

Warmest regards,