Willie Talton, the only African American Republican in the Georgia legislature, lost Tuesday night's primary race to Heath Clark.
"I don't like a loss, but I accept what the people have said and I give thanks to them for letting me serve for the past 10 years as their representative and hopefully that I have made a difference in District 147," Talton said Wednesday.
13WMAZ reported earlier this month that Talton owes the county $38,000 in unpaid property taxes and fees.
Talton said that could have effected voters' decision.
"I have seen some of it on Facebook where people have held that against me. I'm a working man that owns some property that I rent to middle class people, people that are not able to own their own property and living under substance and when they can't pay, I can't pay," said Talton.