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Gilbert drops out of race for 8th District

Posted: 8:56 PM, May 24, 2016
Updated: 2016-05-25 14:04:03Z
Gilbert drops out of race for 8th District

Actress Melissa Gilbert is dropping out of the race for Congress in Michigan's 8th District.

Gilbert released the following statement Tuesday evening:

As many of you know, in 2012 I sustained head and neck injuries from two accidents. While I have received the best treatment and therapy I could have asked for, those injuries have only gotten worse. As much as it breaks my heart to say this, my doctors have told me I am physically unable to continue my run for Congress. As the only candidate to file enough valid signatures, I plan to vacate the Ballot in accordance with the law.

Traveling and meeting with folks all over the 8th District has been a life changing and rewarding experience. Thank you to everyone who has given me your support over the past few months; we got as far as we did because of you, and I will treasure that forever.

Gilbert announced she was running in August in a tweet.