State School Superintendent John Barge now only has eight people gunning for his job, instead of nine.
Matt Shultz announced on Wednesday he is ending his campaign and endorsing fellow Republican Fitz Johnson.
Said Shultz: “Serving our country in the Marine Corps taught me that leadership is about serving others and that accomplishing the mission is more important than receiving personal glory. I entered this race with a vision for real conservative reform in public education. The practical reality of politics; however; is that campaigns cost money, and my fundraising has not been what I had hoped. “
With this latest development, Barge has four Republicans and four Democrats vying for State School Superintendent.