Zamarripa to bow out of politics

By Sonji Jacobs, Atlanta Journal Constitution, April 5, 2006

State Sen. Sam Zamarripa, an Atlanta Democrat who became the first Hispanic elected to Georgia Senate in 2002, announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election this year.

Zamarripa said that he has decided to bow out of politics for the time being to focus his energy on spurring economic development particularly global business opportunities in Atlanta.

"My feeling was that the greatest opportunity for me was to pursue things I am very good at related to economic development, and to do that out of the Senate," Zamarripa said....

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