Amid defeat, Paul DeMarco urges supporters to continue pressing for change in America

Paul DeMarco thanks supporters after conceding the US House District 6 primary election runoff to Gary Palmer, Tuesday, July 14, 2014. (

Paul DeMarco isn't moving forward in the race for the District 6 Congressional seat. He conceded to Gary Palmer. But he's moving forward with his life while urging supporters to continue pressing for change in America. Around 8:30 p.m., DeMarco thanked supporters, telling them he'd called to congratulate Palmer on winning the GOP nomination in the primary election runoff. While it wasn't the way he wanted the night to end, he asked supporters to press lawmakers in D.C. to make sure Alabama interests were protected. "We love this country, so we want what's best for it," he said. DeMarco was first{}elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 2005{}. He served in numerous leadership positions, including as chairman of the Jefferson County Delegation. He helped pass legislation creating the county manger form of government and allowing cities to renew and issue car tags. There were a few "2016" shouts, but DeMarco would not comment on any future run for political office. He'd only say he was focused on thanking supporters, getting a haircut, cutting his grass and spending time with his family.