Congressman John Joyce contender withdraws from the race

March 23 – More than a week after finding out that Jeffrey Manns had put his name into the ring to go up against Congressman John Joyce in the Republican primary, Manns is out.

Manns, the would-be primary Republican challenger to Congressman John Joyce, has withdrawn his name from the ballot.

Manns is a law professor at George Washington University from Gettysburg.

He successfully submitted his petitions and had the required number of signatures.

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “For reasons that aren’t clear, he’s now withdrawing his name from the ballot. So at this point, Dr. Joyce is going to have a very smooth road to what will be an apparent reelection. He will be the only name on the Republican primary ballot.”

No Democrat filed a petition, but there could be a write-in candidate. There could also be an Independent or a third party candidate that files a petition this summer to get on the ballot in the fall.

Barkdoll said, “There’s a lot of speculation of what may have gone on here and it would be purely speculation. Jeffrey Manns would have spent a considerable amount of time and labor collecting the signatures needed to get on that ballot, so to have done that and then to withdraw, it does raise a lot of questions. Who knows?”

Did he do this to send a message to the Republican Party that he is around and may be back in the future?

Did someone get to him and make him an offer that if he didn’t run, there could be other options.

Barkdoll said, “It’s hard to say. At this point, all we know is that he’s not going to be on the ballot. And that’s voluntarily. He has voluntarily withdrawn his name from the ballot.”