John Cortes drops out of District 43 state House race

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John Cortes has dropped out of the District 43 race for the Florida House of Representatives, leaving Ricardo Rangel as the only Democratic candidate.

Cortes, a former corrections officer from New York, has run previously for Kissimmee offices. His campaign manager, Joshua Adair, said Cortes abandoned the race last week for family reasons.

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