Thad Altman to win SD 16, write-in candidate drops out

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State Sen. Thad Altman will be re-elected Nov. 4, after write-in candidate Lloyd Stanton French indicated he is dropping out of the race for Senate District 16.

TCPalm.com reports that French sent a letter to the Florida Division of Elections on Tuesday requesting to withdraw his candidacy.

As of Wednesday, the DoE website still lists French as an active candidate.

French, a registered Democrat, cites the negative campaigning throughout the primary as the reason for his exiting the race.

On Aug. 26, Altman, a Rockledge Republican defeated Monique Miller, a former computer industry account executive from Melbourne.

“I am disillusioned by the ‘juggernauting,’ the intense fundraising for a such a low-paying position and certainly disillusioned by the negative campaigning,” French told TCPalm reporter Isadora Rangel. “I’m not going to subject my family to that type of treatment.”

Altman has served in the Legislature for 11 years; SD 16 contains northwestern Indian River and parts of Brevard Counties.

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