January 17, 2018
After a great deal of reflection, I recently announced that I decided to withdraw my petitions and not run for Circuit Court Judge in the March 20, 2018 republican primary. This means I will not be on the ballot nor a candidate in 2018. As many of you know, the dynamics of the campaign have changed dramatically since we began this quest several months ago. This decision was not an easy one, and there were many considerations leading to this decision, but one that I made ultimately after considering what was best for me and my family. My family and I are doing well and I am comfortable that this is the right decision at this time. I would like to express my sincere thanks for an extraordinary amount of endorsements and support from family, friends and fellow republicans.
Thank you so much for your support and encouragement.
Hon. Richard D. Russo