TRINITY — Now it's official: State House 45 write-in candidate Grady Peeler has dropped out of the race, leaving Republican primary winner Richard Corcoran with no opposition in November's general election.
Peeler said all along he had no interest in running. A Republican, he entered his name as a write-in candidate only to close the House 45 primary to GOP voters. Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley confirmed Thursday he had received notice from the state Division of Elections that Peeler had withdrawn.
Corcoran on Tuesday won the primary race for the seat, which represents parts of north Pinellas and south Pasco, over rivals Kathryn Starkey and Fabian Calvo. He will replace Tom Anderson, who must step down due to term limits.