Current Monroe County Tax Collector Danise “DeeDee” Henriquez has dropped out of the county commission district 1 race.
Henriquez withdrew from the race against Republican Craig Cates on June 10. She filed for candidacy last summer.
A devoted public servant for 30 years, Henriquez began her career at the tax collector’s office in 1985. In 2001, she had the honor and privilege to become the tax collector for the past 19 years.
Monroe County Supervisor of Elections Joyce Griffin acknowledged Henriquez’s withdrawal from the county commission race. It was later confirmed in a heartfelt post last Friday that explained why she is no longer running for the seat.
“The reason I have to step down is very unfortunate due to my retirement/drop,” she said. “As I was informed earlier this week, if I were to seek election I would have to forgo my retirement until 2023. I will retire as tax collector this November and reflect on the 31 years of service I provided to the taxpayers of Monroe County.”
Henriquez said she enjoyed campaigning and meeting the many new voters, while reconnecting with old friends throughout the journey.
“I am truly honored and humbled by all of your support and encouragement to be a voice for change.”
While Henriquez has dropped from the race, Cates still will face an opponent this November as Key West Democrat Annalise Mannix has entered the race.