Republican Monte Shadwick officially ended his run for the 1st Congressional District Seat Wednesday and threw his support behind fellow Salinian Tracey Mann.
“The decision to withdraw from this race is a very difficult one for my family and me. We are grateful for the friends, family and contributors who have given their time, resources and ideas on behalf of our effort. I want to thank all of my supporters for their dedication and willingness to go above and beyond in support of our campaign. It is because of these very loyal supporters that this decision to withdraw is so difficult,” said Shadwick.
Shadwick said he chose to support Mann because he believes his will “work hard to bring change to the political shortsightedness exhibited on Capitol Hill. He understands that we need to fight for a limited, efficient and accountable federal government – one that yields results not deficits.
Shadwick entered the race last July after several years in local politics, including the post of Salina mayor.
In the press release announcing Shadwick’s departure, Mann called Shadwick’s endorsement a “tremendous honor.” In addition to lending Mann his support, Shadwick’s withdrawal from the race means Mann would very easily carry Salina- one of the district’s largest communities. That could be boon for a candidate that seems to be picking up speed late in the race.
The race for Moran’s seat is now down to six Republicans (Marck Cobb, Sue Boldra, Tracey Mann, Tim Huelskamp, Jim Barnett, Rob Wasinger).