Sort of a major development in once-crowded GOP primary in House District 6…

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As of this morning, there are now two less GOP candidates in the crowded Florida House District 6 race.

Panama City lawyer Waylon Thompson, who entered the race to replace term-limited Panama City Rep. Jimmy Patronis, has officially dropped out, according to Matthew Beaton of the News Herald.

With little fanfare, Thompson dropped out of the race in August when his status on the Florida Division of Elections website listed him as “no longer active.”

“I discovered that the time commitment involved to get elected was more than anticipated,” Thompson told reporters in a recent interview, “certainly more time than I could contribute to it and still practice law.”

Thompson said he would not endorse any of the remaining candidates yet, since it is still early and more people could enter the race. He also said he raised more than $10,000 in promised contributions, but did not reveal an exact amount.

Another Republican left the herd early in the District 6 race.

Brian Rust from Panama City Beach could be fined for failing to file appropriate campaign finance reports.

Reports show Rust had not submitted 2013 finance reports for the first and second quarter. He also received a letter from the Florida Elections Commission saying he could receive fines up to $1,000 per violation if the matter is not resolved soon.

Rust said he would run for the Bay County Commission for District 5 in 2016, to replace three-term incumbent Mike Thomas.

The field in the District 6 race is now down to seven, with two Democrats, four Republicans and one Green Party candidate:

  • Mark Anderson, Republican
  • Jamie Carroll Shepard, Democrat
  • Norman Ray Bishop, Republican
  • Melissa Hagan, Republican
  • Henry Newman Lawrence III, Green
  • Thelma G. Rohan, Republican
  • Ryan Jack Singleton, Democrat

House District 6 stretches from the southern Jacksonville suburbs to New Smyrna Beach and includes the cities of St. Augustine and Daytona Beach. 

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