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UPDATED: Citing Husband's Health, Buckley Drops Out Of 19th Middlesex Race

Aug 14, 2018 01:23PM ● By Bill Gilman

Erin Buckley, Republican candidate for state representative from the 19th Middlesex District.

The Republican Primary for the 19th Middlesex District seat in the State Legislature is, once again, an uncontested affair.

Tuesday morning, Tewksbury resident Erin Buckley made the surprising announcement that he was dropping out of the race due to a change in her husband's medical condition.

Buckley's withdrawal leaves Pina Prinzivalli, also of Tewksbury, as the only declared GOP candidate in the field. Prinzivalli had been the only candidate to enter the race to challenge state Rep. Jim Miceli. However, after Miceli's death in April, several Democrats, along with Buckley and independent Patricia Meuse, joined the race.

"I wish Erin and her husband all the best with their difficult decision and hope they enjoy a future of good health," said Prinzivalli, in a statement posted to her campaign homepage and Twitter account. "I thank them for their work in the community and I appreciate the challenge and perspective that Erin brought to the race."

It should be noted that despite Buckley's announcement of withdrawal, her name will still appear on the ballots for voters in Wilmington and Tewksbury, according to the Tewksbury Town Clerk's Office.

Buckley's official announcement read, as follows:

"Due to an unexpected change in a long-term health issue for her husband, candidate Erin Buckley has made the difficult decision to remove herself from the race for the late James Miceli’s former Representative seat in the 19th Middlesex. She is immensely grateful for the support she received from the community and wishes the rest of the candidates luck in their continued campaigns."

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