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St. Petersburg, Florida -- The list of potential candidates running to fill the late Rep. Bill Young's seat in Congress continues to shrink.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri had previously hinted that he may run in the special election as a Republican. But on Thursday, Gualtieri said he had decided against it, because he wanted to be able to spend more time with his 8-year-old daughter.

The Sheriff also said he wanted to continue to work on changes within the Sheriff's Office.

Republican lobbyist David Jolly and former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink have both announced they are running for the seat, which was vacated after Rep. Bill Young passed away last month. Jessica Ehrlich, who had been running as a Democrat, announced she would be suspending her campaign on Wednesday.

10 News also learned on Thursday that another Republican, former Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard, has declined to run.

The primary is scheduled for January 14, with the general election on March 11.

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