First candidate leaves race in large fight for Nozzolio’s Senate seat

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What started as a nine person race for Senator Nozzolio’s seat in the 54th district is already dwindling.

Recently retired army combat veteran Joe Geiger says he doesn’t want to be the first to get out of this race, and still feels he’s the right candidate for the 54th Senate District. But, he says he has no choice other than to drop out.

Objections and a lawsuit were filed questioning Geiger’s petitions. He says this was all an effort to get him off the ballot and he’s frustrated with the supporters of fellow Republican Pam Helming who filed the objections, rather than allowing him to be a part of the primary.

Helming is the candidate endorsed by the Republican Party.

“A lot of them claim to be pro-military, pro- veteran and they’ll be the first person to get their pic taken next to somebody in uniform. But here’s a combat veteran, I’m out of the military less than a month and I’m already getting sued in attempt to get me thrown off the ballot,” Geiger says.

Geiger has been advised by an attorney that he could win the case, but says he doesn’t have the time or money needed to fight the battle. That’s why he’s instead decided to endorse fellow republican Floyd Rayburn.

“I think he and I are of the same mind that we’re in this race together to take down the people that have tried to disenfranchise the voice of many voters in our district. he’s the person that’s going to fight with the same veracity that I would, against the corruption.”

Fellow Republicans Rayburn and Sean Hanna released statement condemning the decision to force Geiger of the ballot.

However now that Geiger has left the race, 6 Republicans and 2 Democrats continue to fight for the seat.

News 8 reached out to the remaining candidates for answers to a survey for voters to get to know them better. All of the answers can be found below. However, Hanna and Bobby Massarini did not respond.

54th Senate Race Survey by WROC Channel 8 on Scribd

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