NEW UPDATE 5/26/12: The Dems have announced their replacement for Cynthia Haran - Lake County Attorney Rupam Davé. According to Davé's Facebook page, she was born August of 1962, which would make her 49. Read about it here.
Team America is hearing this afternoon that Democrat Cynthia Pruim Haran, who is running for Circuit Court Clerk against Republican (and current Chief Deputy clerk under Sally Coffelt) Keith Brin, is dropping out of the race, for reasons unknown. She has this up on her personal Facebook page, apparently.
Here is what she posted. It doesn't really explain why she's withdrawing, however:
After much thought, discussion and prayer I have decided to withdraw from the race for Clerk of the Circuit Court.
By no means was this an easy decision. But, in my heart I know it is the right decision for my family.
My husband, Michael, and I have one main goal in life- to raise 3 happy, healthy children in a difficult world. We believe the best way to do this is to step away from the very public demands of a countywide campaign.
To the family, friends and voters who supported us along the way- I thank you from the very bottom of my heart
We are lucky to have met so many wonderful people!
Senator Link and my fellow democrats, I thank you for your support during the campaign and this difficult decision process.
To my fellow candidates, on both sides of the aisle, I wish you all the best over these next few months! Many of you are dear friends and colleagues and you have my utmost respect and support!
To the voters --know that you hold the power to change Lake County-and beyond-in the palm of your hands! Execise that power--and VOTE!
Thank you all for your support and understanding.
We'll update you more as details filter in...
UPDATE 4:00 pm: The DH has its story up here. And, here is Republican nominee Keith Brin's full reaction statement:
HIGHLAND PARK, IL – Keith Brin, Republican nominee for Lake County Circuit Court Clerk, released the following statement in regards to Cynthia Pruim Haran’s withdrawal today from the race.
“I respect Cynthia’s carefully-considered decision and wish her and her family all the best as she focuses on the most important thing in each of our lives: our families. Running for office is a difficult thing, especially in a large county, and this is a reminder of the strain it puts on our loved ones. I am so thankful to my wife, Courtney, and our three children for the support and patience they have shown throughout the campaign.
We have run a strong campaign to date and will continue to focus on our efforts to modernize the office and further improve efficiency and access in order to reduce costs and improve customer service. I look forward to contrasting my ability to continue the Lake County tradition of fiscal discipline and transparency against that of whomever the Democrats slate to oppose me in the General Election.”