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Motherhood comes first: Julia Fletcher suspends CD 4 campaign

Julia Fletcher, a former Navy intelligence officer, was a uniquely compelling candidate in Florida’s 4th Congressional District.

She had buy-in from Republicans in the Jacksonville beach communities, and she presented a contrast to the rest of the field.

However, that’s in past tense; she made the decision Friday to suspend her campaign.

“For the past two months,” Fletcher writes, “I have been a candidate to succeed Ander Crenshaw in Florida’s 4th Congressional District. I have traveled throughout the district learning from everyone I encountered about their hopes for the First Coast, and for leaders that will serve them well in Washington. This has been an intensely rewarding experience, which I will always cherish.

“During this same time, I have been raising my 10-month-old son — the greatest blessing I have ever received. Watching him change and grow with wonder every day forced me to ask myself if I could commit to winning this election. The clear answer is I cannot sacrifice time with him for a title. Time is a precious asset; right now, he deserves all of it,” Fletcher continues.

While Fletcher is “committed to helping a conservative represent the Fourth District,” she also intends to honor her “first commitment” to her family.

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A.G. Gancarski has been a working journalist for over two decades, with bylines in national and local publications alike on subjects ranging from pop music to national and global politics. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014, and has held a column in Jacksonville, Florida's Folio Weekly for two decades. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." Gancarski is a frequent presence on Jacksonville television and radio, including fill-in slots on WJCT-FM's award-winning talk show "First Coast Connect." He can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

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