State Representative Karen MacBeth (R-Cumberland), who vowed to be a voice for the concerns of everyday Rhode Islanders while running in Rhode Island's First Congressional District, has decided to end her campaign.
MacBeth first won election as a state rep in 2008. She became a Republican in late March and then announced she'd be leaving the legislature for a chance to run against Democratic US Representative David Cicilline.
But MacBeth revealed Monday that she's decided to end her campaign.
The Cumberland lawmaker pointed to her recent engagement, a desire to spend more time with her children, and to help with a leadership transition at her church. "Lastly, I was running to be a voice for the people and it seems that [running for Congress] is all about raising money for the campaign. That is not what I want to do."
MacBeth's departure leaves Russell Taub as the only Republican candidate in CD1.
Cicilline, formerly the mayor of Providence, won the congressional seat in 2010 after Patrick Kennedy decided not to seek re-election and he has won re-election two times.