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Ana Rivas Logan abruptly quits Miami-Dade state Senate race

12

July

Democrat Ana Rivas Logan is withdrawing from the tumultuous race for Florida Senate District 40, The Miami Herald's Patti Mazzei reports.

In an email to supporters Tuesday, Rivas Logan, a former Republican state House member, said she has to take time to care for her parents. She also noted that the Democratic primary in the race changed at the last minute, when challenger Andrew Korge switched districts to run against Rivas Logan and incumbent Sen. Dwight Bullard of Cutler Bay.

"Balancing the care my parents need and what will be in-the-gutter campaign tactics by some in the race, I have chosen to suspend my campaign today knowing that my future in public service is not over," Rivas Logan wrote.

The Miami-Dade County state attorney's office said earlier Tuesday it is investigating Bullard's allegation that Korge offered him a payoff to change districts -- a move that would have left the well-funded Korge running solely against Rivas Logan. Korge, a businessman, is the son of Hillary Clinton friend and fundraiser Chris Korge.

"[T]he race changed at the close of qualifying and this has a major impact on our path forward," Rivas Logan conceded. "I firmly believe that I could win this race, but unfortunately, know all too well that this race could turn to distractions rather than focus on the best ideas on how to deliver a strong education system and fighting to raise the wages for our workforce."

Rivas Logan, a former Miami-Dade school board member, served in the statehouse as a Republican before losing re-election and later switching parties.

Read Rivas Logan's full email below.

Friends,

As you know, six weeks ago I decided to run for the state senate in an effort to continue my long time service to my community. I did so with the appreciation that I was not running against any Democrat, but for a set of issues and values that are sorely lacking in the Florida Senate. I embarked on the journey because the Republican candidate is exactly the opposite of what our community needs and deserves.

With that said, running a campaign requires one’s full attention. In recent days, I have learned that I will need to tend to my parents care. This is no simple task and one that I cannot balance between a competitive race and the well-being of my family.

Further, the race changed at the close of qualifying and this has a major impact on our path forward. I firmly believe that I could win this race, but unfortunately, know all too well that this race could turn to distractions rather than focus on the best ideas on how to deliver a strong education system and fighting to raise the wages for our workforce. 

Balancing the care my parents need and what will be in-the-gutter campaign tactics by some in the race, I have chosen to suspend my campaign today knowing that my future in public service is not over.

I will continue to be a forceful voice for the values and principles we share and do all I can to help grow the support for our next president of the United States, Hillary Clinton.

Thank you for always believing in me.

With much love,

 Ana Rivas Logan

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 12, 2016 3:07pm]

    

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