PENSACOLA — Greg Marcille, who has spent 16 years as the chief deputy in Florida’s First Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office, announced Monday that he is dropping out of the race to succeed his boss, Bill Eddins.


Marcille announced his decision in an afternoon news release. He said “health concerns that developed after I pre-qualified to run” had forced him out of the race.


Eddins, who said in January he finalized his decision not to seek a fifth term only after Marcille agreed to run for office, confirmed Tuesday that his decision to retire remains firm.


Marcille was unavailable for comment.


The announcement leaves Shalimar resident Ginger Bowden Madden, another veteran State Attorney’s Office prosecutor, as the only candidate remaining in the race for state attorney. The deadline to qualify to run is noon on Friday, April 24.


“Greg and I have worked together for my entire career, and we’ve always had a cordial, professional relationship,” Madden said. “I was not looking forward to running against Greg, I like him, but I hated that it had to end like this.”


Madden, who said “I’ve always heard that you’re either running scared or running unopposed” has positioned herself well to fend off any new challengers. The Florida Division of Elections website shows her having raised just over $108,000 by the end of February.


“There’s still plenty of time for someone else to throw their hat in the ring, so I’m still running scared,” she said.


Marcille had raised a little more than $96,000 for the race, with most of it coming from $85,000 in personal loans made to his own campaign.


The news release announcing Marcille’s departure from the campaign stated he would return all contributions.


Both Madden and Marcille had filed as Republicans to run for state attorney. They would have faced off in an Aug. 18 primary.


Marcille has worked for the First Judicial Circuit’s State Attorney’s Office for more than 30 years. He was appointed as the circuit’s chief deputy after Eddins was elected state attorney in 2004.