It seems that Jeff Brandes’ path to re-election has just been made easier as an opponent, Democrat Carrie Pilon, has dropped out of the race due to personal reasons.
While Democrats are looking for a replacement, it seems that Brandes will probably not have to worry much as looks to keep his state senate seat.
In a statement released in the weekend, Pilon explains that “It is only after much thoughtful contemplation and family consultation that I must say, with a heavy heart, that I am withdrawing from this race for personal reasons.”
Pilon explained that she didn’t want to “go into great detail about these circumstance,” but she noted that “a close family member is experiencing some serious and unexpected health problems.”
Susan McGrath, the chair of the Pinellas County Democratic Executive Committee, explained that they’re looking for a replacement. She detailed that “There’s plenty of voters who want a change in Tallahassee. We feel like it’s a completely competitive. Senate District 24 has always been a targeted seat for this election cycle.”
She added that Democrats “have some really strong people talking about this. People that I’m excited about.”
Senate District 24 is a Republican-friendly district with around 15,000 more registered Republicans over registered Democrats.