Last night Republican Paul Avella, former candidate for State Representative in the 2nd Middlesex district (Westford, Littleton and precincts 3,5 and 7 in Chelmsford) withdrew from the race and issued the following statement.
Tonight, I am writing to you to tell you that I am withdrawing from the race for 2nd Middlesex House District. This decision is based solely on personal reasons. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate all the support you have given me. A benefit I could not have contemplated is my good fortune in developing so many great friendships over the course of this campaign and during our run in 2008. Your friendship is truly a blessing for me–Thank you. Even though I will not run this November, I am not withdrawing from the scene. I will continue the fight with you to help make the changes necessary in our Commonwealth. My sincerest gratitude.
In 2008, Paul Avella fell short in his run by a 53% to 47% margin. This is an unfortunate loss for Massachusetts, the 2nd Middlesex district, and the Republican party. For more information read his Red Mass Group profile here.