BROOKSVILLE — Tom Doolan, a Democrat from Mascotte, has dropped out of the race for the congressional seat now held by Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, R-Brooksville.
Doolan on Monday confirmed the decision that he announced last week to the Lake County Democratic Executive Committee.
"It's just a matter of juggling too many things," he said. "It's just too much to do." Doolan told those at last week's meeting that he was just getting his law office off the ground, was recently divorced and wanted to spend more time with his children, said Nancy Hurlbert who chairs the Lake County committee.
Jim Piccillo, one of two other Democrats in the race, said Doolan's decision will help him focus on the real race at hand, which is defeating Brown-Waite.
Others in the race are Democrat David Werder and Republicans Brown-Waite, Leodon Killinger, Sr. and Jason Sager.
The 5th Congressional District includes all of Citrus, Hernando and Sumter counties and parts of Lake, Levy, Pasco, Marion and Polk counties.