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Breaking news: Ortiz drops out of race for Ketchikan House seat

Representative Daniel Ortiz

Representative Daniel Ortiz, an independent member of the House of Representatives who has always worked with the Democrats, will be the first to be elected, according to a report by the Daily news from Ketchikan.

Ortiz was first elected in 2014 to what is now known as District 1. Although Ketchikan is a Republican-leaning district, Ortiz is a popular retired teacher who managed to get elected and re-elected despite strong Republican opposition.

The news leaked Tuesday after Ortiz broke the news to his family over Memorial Day weekend, saying his health was the reason for his retirement from public service.

This year, Jeremy Bynum is the Republican nominee for the 1st House District. Republicans in the district unanimously endorsed Bynum last night before the news about Ortiz broke this morning.

Bynum is the head of the electrical department for Ketchikan Public Utilities. He ran against Ortiz in 2022 and lost by just 343 votes. He is in his second term as a member of the County Assembly.

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