Rep. Colton Moore will not run for reelection in District 1

Georgia State House District 1 candidate Colton Moore talks with people before a debate at Dade County Public Library on Thursday, April 19, 2018, in Trenton, Ga. Multiple candidates across several races were in attendance for the forum, which precedes the May 22 primary election.

In a surprising announcement that will shake up the political landscape in Northwest Georgia, Rep. Colton Moore, R-Trenton, announced he will not run for reelection in House District 1.

In an announcement released Sunday night, Moore said, "politics should never be a profession and public office should never be a career."

"In my career and in politics, I have concluded my time, resources and treasure are not best suited for serving in the Georgia House of Representatives," he said in a statement. "Elected office is a heavy burden, but a great honor. Freedom and liberty are not free, the price must be paid for every generation."

Moore added he will always be humbled by his voters' confidence in him to serve, and he believes Georgia is better off today than two years ago.