Former St. Petersburg mayor Rick Baker will not be a candidate in the Special Election for Congressional District 13.
“I am thankful for the many friends who have encouraged me to run for Congress,” said Baker in a statement. “The honor is greater because of the respect I have for Congressman Bill Young and his long and accomplished record of public service. I treasure my time as mayor and may likely consider a return to public service at some point – but not now.”
Continued Baker, “After much prayerful thought I have decided that I will not run for Congress at this time. I intend to focus my near term efforts on my family and my work with Bill Edwards to make our great city and state even greater. I look forward to enthusiastically supporting the Republican nominee for this Congressional seat.”
With Baker. Sens. Jeff Brandes and Jack Latvala, and Bill Young, Jr. out of the race, the remaining Republican contenders, none of whom have yet to declare their candidacies, are former County Commissioner Neil Brickfield, former Clearwater mayor Frank Hibbard and lobbyist David Jolly.
Democrats Jessica Ehrlich and Alex Sink are also running for the seat.