The first Democrat to formally announce a bid for the 1st Congressional District in hopes of facing Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) ended her campaign on Monday morning.
Bucks County Prothonotary Judi Reiss sent out a message from her campaign social media accounts explaining her decision to withdraw from the Democratic Primary.
“Over the past year, while running to serve you in the United States Congress, I have also continued to serve as Bucks County Prothonotary, a position in which I was elected to do by the people of this county. I am honored to hold that position. I have also continued to be a wife, mother and grandmother, no easy task,” Reiss wrote on social media. “However, I feel I can no longer give each of these very important jobs my all, or provide each the attention they so rightfully deserve. So, today I announce that I am withdrawing my name from consideration to be the Democratic nominee for the 1st Congressional District of Pennsylvania.”
Reiss added that she was grateful for the support her campaign received and still believes that work is still needed in the district to address protecting the air, water, healthcare, education, and economic security of every family. She also added that she looks forward to continuing to build upon her work as Prothonotary.
— Judi Reiss (@JudiforCongress) January 20, 2020
According to the Bucks County Courier Times, Reiss also said she wanted to make her decision to bail out of the race before the county Democratic Party made an endorsement in the race. The Bucks County Democratic Party will hold an endorsement meeting in the first week of February.
Despite Reiss ending her bid, three other Democrats remain in the race; Pennsbury School Board member Debbie Wachpress, Ivyland Borough councilwoman Christina Finello, and Skylar Hurwitz, a technology entrepreneur and small business owner.
The Bucks Local News reported on Jan. 14 that the Democratic hopefuls are set to participate in a forum in Doylestown on Saturday, January 25.
Fitzpatrick is currently in his second term in Congress representing the Philadelphia suburban district. He bested pro-Trump Republican Dean Malik in the 2018 GOP primary by 34 points in 2018 and defeated Democrat Scott Wallace by just over 2.5 points in the November midterm.
Fitzpatrick was just one of two Republicans nationwide to weather the blue wave in 2018 by winning boundaries that went to Sec. Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Fitzpatrick is set to face another pro-Trump Republican in the upcoming GOP primary in financial advisor Andrew Meehan.