First-time legislative candidate Chris Sprowls is ending his primary challenge to Rep. Peter Nehr, sources close to the candidate confirm.
In doing so, Sprowls is bringing to an end a promising campaign viewed as a legitimate challenge to the three-term incumbent. A charismatic state prosecutor, Sprowls received the support of several elected officials, including his powerful boss, State Attorney Bernie McCabe.
Sprowls decision to end his campaign comes in no small part to the influence of Speaker Designate Will Weatherford, who surely wished to avoid a primary fight between an attractive, young candidate and an effective incumbent.
Still, don’t be surprised if you see Sprowls name on the ballot soon, perhaps in just two years when Nehr is term-limited from running again.
Sprowls is a political ally of both Senator Mike Fasano and Speaker Designate Richard Corcoran, both of whom reportedly played a role in Sprowls’ decision.
This race represented one of those instances where an up-and-coming leader was challenging one of my political friends. While I would like to see more people like Chris Sprowls enter politics, I firmly believe Rep. Nehr deserves to be re-elected, especially after his diligent work this past session on redistricting. Accordingly, I think Sprowls should ‘wait his turn’ and run in two years. I do not like the idea of Sprowls wasting his political capital by running now.
So all’s well that ends well. Nehr has a clear shot at the Republican nomination, while Sprowls lives to fight another day.