Dave Andrews, the Altoona attorney who won the Democratic nomination last week for the position of Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Blair County, has decided not to run in November's general election.
While Andrews won the Democratic nomination over Fred Miller and Wade Kagarise, he lost his bid for the Republican nomination to Kagarise, who carried the Republican-heavy county by 729 votes over Miller and 1,544 over Andrews.
The final Republican totals were: Kagarise, 4,635; Miller, 3,906 and Andrews, 3,090.
The Democratic totals were: Andrews, 1,596; Miller, 1,568, and Kagarise, 1,415.
Andrews, who released a statement thanking his supporters on Thursday afternoon, said his decision was made in order to focus on his legal career.
The full statement:
"After much consideration I have decided not to run in November's general election for the position of Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Blair County. I will promptly proceed to file the necessary paperwork to formally withdraw my name from the ballot in order to give the Democratic Party plenty of time to select a replacement for the November election.
"I have decided I cannot devote time to both my active law practice and the campaign this fall. I believe I owe it to my clients and my law firm to concentrate on serving our firm's clients.
"I would like to sincerely thank all Democratic and Republican supporters who voted for me and worked so diligently on my behalf over the past few months during the primary campaign. It was an honor to have you on my team, and I will always appreciate your enthusiasm and dedication."
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