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.