The following is a statement from a press release issued by Jonathan Mason:
“Running for this seat has been one of the most rewarding endeavors I have ever undertaken,” Mason wrote in the statement. “My wife has handled every turn with grace and I could not be more proud and thankful to have her by my side. I have built new friendships and strengthened existing ones. I am truly grateful for all the support that I received from the voters of District 30. I would like to congratulate Esther Helton on her victory tonight and am happy to offer her my support. I have the utmost respect for our democracy and the voice of District 30 voters.
“In November, our focus as Republicans will be electing Bill Lee as the next Governor of Tennessee and electing Marsha Blackburn to the US Senate. Thank you to all who have offered support for my campaign, and I ask that you join me in working towards Republican victories in November.”