Hernando clerk now unopposed in re-election
Saltsman, a Democrat from Ridge Manor, cited the need to be with his family as his young son battles an aggressive form of cancer. In a statement released Wednesday, he wrote that he was choosing to spend time caring for his family rather than engage in a campaign to unseat the Republican incumbent. Read statement here: Download saltsman_letter.pdf
There are no other declared candidates in the race. The qualifying period for local races ends Friday.
The departure leaves Nicolai sitting on a bank of more than $30,000 -- money, in part, collected through a fund-raiser with Gov. Charlie Crist. So any bets who Nicolai might dole it out to? Interested money-starved candidates need apply.
--John Frank, Times staff writer
[Edmund D. Fountain, Times files]