From a post on Richard Dumas's Facebook page:
After much hard thought and deliberation and discussions with Ashley, I have decided not to run for General Sessions judge. There are a number of reasons, but primarily, the main reason is, is that my heart simply isn't in it. I think to make this happen, you have to be fully committed and you have to desire it greatly, and I just don't. I am so grateful to everyone who has encouraged me and the offers of help I have been given. Thank you so much. Unfortunately, I don't think I can remove my name from the ballot, so my name will still be on it in August, but I would urge you to vote for my friend Rachel Bell. I look forward to working with her over the next 8 years.