The former Fox News commentator announced the news with a statement posted on Twitter. “After much prayer, introspection and discussions with my family, I am withdrawing my candidacy for California’s 44th Congressional District,” she wrote.
The actress said she is still determined “to improve the lives of people who have been forgotten for decades by the Democratic Party.”
“At this point, I believe that the overall bitterness surrounding our political process, participating in the rigors of campaigning, and holding elected office would be detrimental to the health and wellbeing of my family,” the statement went on.
The statement also touched on the backlash Dash, who has served as a conservative commentator on Fox News, has drawn for her comments in the past few years. In 2016, for example, Dash drew ire for saying Black History Month was not necessary. Dash wrote that the “real controversy” is how the 44th district officials have allowed “decades of government corruption and political disempowerment.”
She ended the letter by admitting, “Deciding to withdraw by candidacy was a difficult choice, but I have to go where I feel God is leading me.”
She announced her plans to run for public office in February. The 44th district in California is currently represented by a Democrat, Nanette Barragan, and includes North Long Beach, San Pedro, Watts, and Compton.