Haggard Out Of St. Lawrence County DA RacePosted: Updated:
Former Chief Assistant District Attorney David Haggard is bowing out of the race for St. Lawrence County DA.
Haggard had filed signatures to be on the Democratic line, but the board of elections ruled 132 of them invalid. That means he felt short of the 1,000 he needed.
Haggard, who served as chief assistant under current DA Mary Rain, was still on the Working Families line.
He was trying to also run as an independent, but fell short of the signatures he needed and decided to bow out of the race altogether.
His Democratic signatures were challenged by James Monroe, who also filed to be on the Democratic line and is still on the ticket.
Also running is Republican Gary Pasqua. Rain declined to seek re-election.
Following is the contents of a letter Haggard submitted to the board of elections Friday morning:
"After much consideration I've decided to withdraw as a candidate for the office of St. Lawrence County District Attorney.
"Though I had the help of dedicated volunteers I was unable to secure enough signatures to gain an independent line on the ballot.
"I began my candidacy to stand up for the citizens of our county. I believe it's necessary for the District Attorney to seek justice and not just convictions.
"To all my volunteers and the people who believed in my candidacy, I will be forever grateful."