Less than a month ahead of the spring primary election, a Republican candidate for Cambria County Coroner has announced his plans to withdraw from the race.
Frank Duca, owner of Frank Duca Funeral Home, issued a statement about the matter Wednesday.
“With much regret, I have made a personal and family decision to withdraw from the primary election in May, for the office of Cambria County Coroner,” Duca’s statement says.
“I want to thank my loving family and dear friends for their help and support given to me.”
Duca’s withdrawal comes after the statewide deadline to be removed from the primary election ballot, meaning his name will still be an option for voters on May 21. If he wins the race, it will be up to him to decline the position.
Gregory Jones, another Republican candidate for coroner, said he was thankful Duca notified him about his decision and offered Jones support as he continues to campaign.
Jones, who was out speaking with Ebensburg voters Wednesday afternoon, said he wishes Duca well.
In announcing his candidacy, Duca had said he wanted to run for coroner in the last four elections, but his commitment to the funeral home prevented him from doing so.
His announcement to withdraw will leave a coroner’s race that will now be decided in the fall general election, with voters deciding between incumbent Democrat Jeffrey Lees and Jones.