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John Albers passes on U.S. House bid to replace Tom Price

State Sen. John Albers said Tuesday he won't run to replace U.S. Rep. Tom Price, narrowing a field already crowded with several high-profile Republicans.

"While now is not the time, I will continue to look forward at future opportunities to serve my state and country," the Roswell Republican said in a Facebook post.

Albers' decision comes a week after House Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, the No. 2 in the chamber, also opted against a run.

Both decisions are likely good news for state Sen. Brandon Beach and state Rep. Chuck Martin, whose north Fulton network overlaps with both.

Another likely contender, former Secretary of State Karen Handel, is also a north Fulton County powerbroker who is vying to be the first Republican woman elected to Congress in Georgia.

And Price's seat wife, state Rep. Betty Price, is said to be scouting a run.

The rest of the field remains muddled.

Only state Sen. Judson Hill has announced, while a gaggle of other potential contenders – including former Johns Creek councilwoman Kelly Stewart and former state Sen. Dan Moody – are also eyeing the race.

Democrats, meanwhile, continued to search for a credible candidate for the heavily-Republican district, which stretches from east Cobb to Brookhaven. Former state Sen. Ron Slotin is among the contenders for the race, though party leaders are trying to recruit a higher-profile politician.

The election to replace Price, who was picked to be Donald Trump's health secretary, will likely be held early next year.

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Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.