An Erath County candidate has pulled out of the state representative's race.

Bill Norris (D-Dublin) reportedly withdrew from the race for District 59 for health reasons.

Marcy Tanter, chair of the Erath County Democratic Party, said Norris, an educator, recently suffered a stroke.

"Bill suffered a mild stroke and is expected to recover but not in time to continue campaigning and to take his seat in the State House in January," Tanter stated in a press release. "Bill is grateful for all the generous support he has received throughout the district from Democrats, Republicans and Independents, and he looks forward to serving everyone in the future."

Tanter said Norris became ill last week and was admitted to a Fort Worth hospital on Wednesday. 

"He called me Saturday morning to let me know," Tanter said. "A part of him feels like he let us down, but these things happen and he has to take care of himself."

Tanter said she has received calls of support from area Democrats, Republicans and spoke to the Republican candidate in the race, Dr. J.D. Sheffield.

"I had a very nice conversation with J.D. Sheffield and he was very gracious and concerned," Tanter said. 

Sheffield, a doctor from Gatesville, defeated incumbent Sid Miller of Stephenville in the Republican primary.

While Norris said he is no longer in the race, his name will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Messages of support and questions can be directed to Tanter at