North Platte Attorney Russ Jones decided Tuesday not to run for the state legislature’s 42nd District. District 42, comprised of Lincoln County, is currently represented by Tom Hansen. Hansen's term expires next year.
Jones announced his intention to run for the seat in March. His campaign actually began Sept. 11 when he talked with the North Platte Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee.
The next week he toured the North Platte Community College with president Ryan Purdy and vice president Marcus Garstecki.
After the tour, Jones said he was impressed with the progressive work of the college administrators, and knew the job of state senator would be exciting and rewarding.
According to a prepared statement, then Jones went home and saw his son, a high school freshman, and realized he had to make a choice. He decided that even though his son was okay with his run for office, he was not.
He decided to withdraw.
“The decision to run was difficult," he said. "The decision to not run was not.” Jones spent last week discussing it with family, friends, and supporters and said he plans to spend the next couple months meeting and thanking the rest of his supporters.
Jones is a defense attorney specializing in criminal and juvenile law. He said he has handled 8,000-10,000 cases, representing people when they needed help.
He graduated with a law degree from the University of Nebraska in 1992.
He began practicing law in North Platte in 1994 and opened his own practice in 2000 at the corner of East Fifth and Jeffers.