Del. Jesse Pippy has ended his candidacy to represent parts of Frederick and Carroll counties in the State Senate.

The District 4 Republican withdrew from the race Thursday, according to the state elections board. Pippy issued a statement on his official Facebook page Friday.

“The truth of [the] matter is that from the moment I filed the inside politics has been non-stop,” Pippy said in the post. “I understand that comes with the position, however I needed to take a brief moment and step back to ensure that I am taking care of my personal priorities as well.”

Pippy hasn’t made any final decisions about next year’s election, he said in his post and in a message to The News-Post.

He was running to replace Senate Minority Whip Michael Hough (R), who won nearly 60 percent of the vote in 2018 and who has held the seat since 2015. In May, Hough announced his bid for county executive, forgoing a chance for re-election to his senate seat.

District 4 encompasses much of Frederick County outside the city of Frederick and excluding parts southwest of the city, and it extends into southeastern Carroll County. Before his withdrawal, Pippy was the only candidate who had filed for the District 4 Senate seat, according to the elections board website.

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(9) comments

Weinberg

I have no insider info, but my guess is that he's getting out of the way of the far-right Dan Cox, who will decide to run for Hough's seat when he gets no traction running for governor.

Plumbum

Except Cox has zero chance!

DickD

Pippin had no opposition and withdrew? Who was the Democrat he was afraid of?

stjohn42

According to his comments, his own party was the problem.

Dwasserba

“…from the moment I filed the inside politics has been non-stop….” what does this mean?

Dwasserba

I have researched to understand the possibilities of this statement and it could mean “internal” politics as in, other Rs pressuring or otherwise trying to influence him/his campaign to where he’s just walking away. Was that their goal? What the h?

BlueFredneck

That's what I think, but you'd think that the "insiders" would be OK with a young telegenic guy running for the seat. Either that or he's getting slammed for being not Trumpy enough - I mean, he's conservative to be sure but not as relatively liberal as Michael Blue (D5 rep on County Council). Not sure how many friends Cox has around D4 - he'd probably win a race with 2 or more relative moderates, but he's gunning for Governor.

stjohn42

Cox is busy running for governor.

Plumbum

Never heard of him

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