Bret Wedding drops out of HD 63 race

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House District 63 GOP hopeful Bret Wedding announced today that he will drop out of the primary race against former State Rep. Shawn Harrison, saying that it would be “irresponsible” to continue the campaign.

“It is with a heavy heart that I share with you my decision to withdraw my candidacy and end my campaign for the Florida Legislature,” Wedding said in a post on his website Wednesday. “I know for many of you this will come as a tremendous disappointment. You have worked tirelessly and given generously to my campaign, and I want you to know that this is not a decision I have made lightly.”

Wedding, a nine-year veteran of the U.S. Army, faced Harrison in the effort to unseat incumbent Democrat Rep. Mark Danish in the seat that covers parts of north Hillsborough County. Harrison recently qualified for the HD 63 race by petition.

“For me, that is my commitment to my family and the men and women I am privileged to serve and lead in our armed forces,” Wedding said. “I thought for a time that I could juggle all of those things and strike the right balance. It turns out that is not the case and therefore it would be irresponsible of me to continue this endeavor at this time.”

Wedding raised only $14,375 in his campaign through Jan 31, compared to $62,285 for Harrison and $48,347 for Danish.

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