MISSOULA, Mont. -

The following press release was sent out by the office of Jason Marks, Missoula County Assistant Chief Criminal Deputy.

Jason Marks, Missoula County Assistant Chief Criminal Deputy, is announcing the suspension of his candidacy for Missoula County Attorney effective immediately.
“While I still believe my decision to run for County Attorney, at the time I made it, was the right choice for myself and the citizens of Missoula,” said Marks, “Circumstances have changed and the right thing to do now is to step out and let people choose between the two remaining candidates.”

Marks particularly thanked those who have shown support and friendship throughout this difficult process and during the campaign. Yet despite all their efforts and after many days of careful consideration and lengthy
discussions, it became apparent to Marks and his team that it was time to suspend the campaign.

"It has been difficult separating my work, and that of my colleagues, from the controversial issues surrounding this office and the DOJ investigation,” Marks stated. “I have heard loud and clear that voters feel it’s important to have someone outside the office become the next County Attorney.”

Marks told his supporters, as he made the decision to suspend the campaign, “There will be a better time in the years to come, to advance my desire to lead our County forward from this office.”