Okaloosa County Commissioner Dave Parisot has withdrawn from the District 2 commission race, citing his wife’s failing health.
“... Many of you are aware that my wife of 32 years was hit by a drunk driver in October 2009,” he said in a written statement. “As a result, she has had two brain surgeries and other health and quality of life concerns that have deteriorated recently and will require more of my attention.”
Parisot will still serve as a commissioner until his term expires in November. He has plans to refund all campaign contributions to his donors.
Parisot’s withdrawal leaves a single candidate, Republican Carolyn Ketchel, in the race. Thomas Knowles of Fort Walton Beach pre-filed earlier this year but has since withdrawn his candidacy.