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Alex Sink will not run for Congress in 2014

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Published:   |   Updated: April 15, 2014 at 11:14 AM

TAMPA ­­— Alex Sink has announced she won’t run again for Pinellas County’s District 13 congressional seat in November, after losing in a special election to Republican David Jolly on March 11.

In an emailed statement, Sink didn’t say what made her decide not to run, but has said in the past that she had family issues to consider.

“I am so honored and humbled by the outpouring of support our campaign received, but after reflection with my family I have made a personal decision not to run for the 13th Congressional District seat in the 2014 election,” her statement said.

“I want to thank every voter, volunteer and donor for their support — we can all be proud of the strong campaign we ran. I look forward to finding new, rewarding avenues where I can continue to effectively serve the people of Florida. In the words of Bill, I look forward to continuing to do good. I remain totally convinced that a Democrat can and will win this congressional seat in the fall, and I look forward to helping the Democratic nominee.”

In a recent interview, Sink said her loss to Jolly was partly due to the tendency of some core Democratic voters to not turn out for comparatively low-interest elections that don’t include a presidential battle.

Republicans, she said, were more reliable voters.

The problem Demcrats face, she said, is “how can we make our core voters as passionate and motivated as it seems the core Republicans are.”

In the November replay, she said, “There is a path to victory … a lot more voters. “I hope we can expect more than 50 percent turnout for a gubernatorial race” as opposed to the 40 percent turnout March 11.

U.S. Rep. Steve Israel of New York, head of the national Democratic Party’s congressional campaign committee, had said immediately after Sink’s loss that he hoped she would run again in the regularly scheduled election in November.

In a news release, he said he believes a Democrat will win the November election because “Pinellas residents have voted time and again for commonsense solutions instead of reckless partisanship,” and Jolly “will be forced to campaign under the full weight of his party’s toxic brand in November: raising taxes on middle class families, ending the Medicare guarantee for seniors, and jeopardizing economic growth for businesses – all to give more to corporate special interests and the ultra-wealthy.”

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