WASHINGTON -- Rick Gallant, the first Democrat to announce a 2018 challenge to Republican Rep. Tom Reed of Corning, this week suspended his campaign.
"After much deliberation, I accept that the challenge of raising the necessary money and resources to sustain a viable run for office has placed too great a burden on my family," Gallant said. "We are not independently wealthy and simply can not afford the endeavor."
Gallant's campaign struggled to raise funds after revelations that the longtime Steuben County teacher actually lived in Wellsboro, Pa., until shortly before announcing his race. His end-of-the-year filing with the Federal Election Commission showed his campaign to be $974 in debt.
Gallant had been one of six Democrats vying to take on Reed this fall. Other candidates are Ithaca cardiologist Linda Andrei, Jamestown lawyer Eddie Sundquist, retired Air Force Col. Max Della Pia, Ithaca businessman Ian Golden, and Ithaca business consultant Tracy Mitrano.