Eric Lynn, believed to be one of the favorite Democratic candidates to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. David Jolly, announced he would not enter the race for Florida’s 13th Congressional District in November, reports the Tampa Bay Times.
A former aide to South Florida U.S. Rep. Peter Deutsch, Lynn is a Pinellas County native and serves as a senior Middle East policy adviser in the Obama administration.
“I am truly honored by the numerous people from across Pinellas who have reached out to urge me to run for Congress in November,” Lynn said in a statement issued Thursday. “Though after much consideration, I remain committed to my current obligations to our national security, the Secretary of Defense and the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines I work with every day.
“Tracy and I and our kids look forward to returning home to Pinellas once those obligations are completed,” he added, “where we will remain as committed to the families, community, servicemen and women and wounded warriors of the Tampa Bay Area as we always have been.”
Earlier, the Times reported that potential Democratic candidate Rev. Dr. Manuel Sykes, president of the St. Petersburg chapter of the NAACP, also dropped out of the race after receiving a “strongly worded message” from the Pinellas County Democratic chair.