by Chet Hardin
Yesterday, we reported that political newbie Christopher Ibbetson had announced his candidacy as a Democrat for the open seat in House District 21.
Today, Ibettson dropped out.
(And we thought Gar Graham's campaign in HD 20 was short-lived.)
According to Ibbetson, he was registered to vote as a Democrat in Florida when he moved here in 2005. But since he was in the Army, he never bothered to move his registration here. Leaving the Army in 2011, he registered as a Democrat in the district but not in time to be a candidate.
Though a setback, when we reached him by phone, Ibbetson seemed undaunted, stating that he will just go back to his original plan of running for an at-large seat on the Fountain City Council.
Veronica Bila also expressed interest in running for the seat at the Democrats' county assembly Saturday. Both she and Ibbetson won enough votes from the HD 21 delegates to wind up on a primary ballot. Now, it looks like the district is Bila's for the taking, but she has yet to publicly announce.