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St. Pete Council District 8 candidate exits race



The list of contenders for Jeff Danner's District 8 City Council seat has fallen from five to four with the news that Bill Hurley has bowed out of the race.

In late May, he wrote on his candidate Facebook page that he was doing some "serious soul searching" about the race and followed that up last night with a post announcing that he would no longer run. Hurley, 52, is currently a student at St. Petersburg College. He was a little known candidate who entered the race out of frustration over the Lens issue -- he strongly opposes the design for a new pier.

He wrote:

"I have decided the time has come to leave the race for council. It has been an honor and an eye opening experience for sure. I will make this official by the end of the week thank you all for your support. I am moving forward with my plans to help the people less fortunate than others.

His Facebook post did not say why he's decided not to run.

[Last modified: Thursday, July 11, 2013 2:15pm]


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