EXCLUSIVE: Stanley Switching to NPA in Race Against Crenshaw
Congressman Ander Crenshaw's electoral fate won't be officially resolved until November. That's because the Jacksonville Observer has learned that Troy Stanley, who had been planning to challenge Crenshaw in the Republican primary, has now decided to run without party affiliation.
"Troy Stanley intends to open the election to all registered voters in the Fourth Congressional District by qualifying as a candidate with No Party Affiliation," a source close to the Stanley campaign tells the Jacksonville Observer. "The entry of qualified write-in candidates means a closed Republican Primary would have effectively decided the race. Mr. Stanley believes that 'We the People' means all the people. A candidate's principles can and should carry more weight than their party affiliation."
Yesterday, Deborah Katz Pueschel officially qualified to seek the seat as a write-in candidate. Because of Florida election laws, Pueschel's write-in candidacy would close the Republican primary to only Republican voters.
A twenty-year veteran of the United States Navy, Stanley retired from active duty last summer and had been campaigning to challenge incumbent Congressman Crenshaw in the August primary. An official announcement of the change is expected to come later today when Stanley files his paperwork in Tallahassee and holds a press conference on the steps of the State Capitol Building.