Ehrlich drops out of race; Sink will move to Clearwater in effort to replace Young in Congress

11/06/13 Janelle Irwin
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A progressive candidate who had been vying for U.S. Representative Bill Young’s seat on Capital Hill is throwing in the towel.

Jessica Ehrlich’s withdrawal comes just days after former Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink announced she was entering the race. The national Democratic Party as well as EMILY’s List have backed Sink.

In a statement Wednesday Ehrlich wrote,

“While this is not the result I was hoping for, I remain committed to helping the families of Pinellas County, this state, and this country."

Sink currently lives in Hillsborough County which is outside of the Pinellas Congressional district. But at an election party in St. Petersburg Tuesday night before Ehrlich’s announcement, Sink said she’s found a new spot to settle down.

"I have decided and I think I'm ending up at a Clearwater address."

In a statement Wednesday, Sink thanked Ehrlich for her commitment to voters and “her willingness to step forward and speak out for Pinellas families”

If Sink survives the primary election on January 14 she could face lobbyist David Jolly – a former Young staffer. Other potential Republican contenders include Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri and former Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard. The general election is March 11.

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