Pinellas County, Florida -- Democratic candidate Ed Jany has dropped out of Pinellas County Congressional District 13 race.
Jany was running against newly elected representative David Jolly. Jolly won the special election that was held to replace the late U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young. Jolly will have to run again November, and now he has one less opponent.
Jany put out this statement regarding his withdrawing from the race:
"It is with deep regret that I announce my withdrawal from the race for U.S. Representative in the Thirteenth District. In my professional capacity, I am responsible for coordinating some of the Command and Control for Security at the World Cup in Brazil this year, something I committed to doing some time ago. I wrongly assumed that I could maintain my professional work requirements while running for office, just as I was able to work full-time as a police officer while pursuing a full-time education and balancing my military service in the past. Unfortunately, the political process does not allow for me to continue my professional work, and I cannot afford to support my family while campaigning without an income. This has been a very tough decision that I've considered thoughtfully over the course of the last week, but it's the best choice for my family right now.
"Since I first considered running for office, my wife Luciana and I have met with many wonderful, supportive people who encouraged us along the way. I've been amazed by the big hearts and humbled by the confidence of the people of Pinellas. Rest assured that I will continue to serve Pinellas County by assisting and supporting our Democratic candidates and remaining an advocate for the military community."