Bailey drops out of County Commission race
Published: Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at 8:19 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at 8:19 p.m.
Constitution Party of Florida candidate Lloyd W. Bailey Jr. has dropped out of the County Commission District 4 race, saying he did not want to divide the conservative vote.
Bailey previously ran for the commission three times as a Republican. He received 41.3 percent of the vote in a 2008 election. His departure leaves a two-way race between Republican Susan Baird and two-term incumbent Democrat Cynthia Chestnut, a former Florida House member and Gainesville city commissioner.
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"My desire to remove 23-year career politician and Socialist Cynthia Chestnut from office far exceeds any desire that I might have to be elected," Bailey wrote in a letter to the Supervisor of Elections announcing his withdrawal. "The entry of Republican candidate Susan Baird in the District 4 race subsequent to my qualifying will only serve to divide the patriotic and conservatives that are presently suffering in the most highly taxed and oppressive county in Florida."
In the letter, Bailey announced his support for Baird and former High Springs City Commissioner Jim Gabriel, a Republican running in District 2 against Democratic incumbent Lee Pinkoson.
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