Kitty Karle, who lost the Republican primary for Ontario County district attorney, announced today she has ended her campaign.

Kitty Karle, who lost the Republican primary for Ontario County district attorney, announced today she has ended her campaign.

“On primary Election Day, the voters spoke, and the Republican party chose its candidate,” Karle said in a statement. “I must and will respect that choice. As such I will no longer actively campaign for the position of District Attorney.”

Karle lost the Republican primary to Jim Ritts, Ontario County first assistant district attorney, with just under 45 percent of the vote. Karle won the Reform line in that primary and she will be on three lines on the Nov. 7 ballot: Conservative, Independence and Reform.

Her full statement is below:

There are so many things I want to say to my amazing supporters and to the people of Ontario County. First and foremost, thank you for your support and your belief in me. I got into this race because I wanted to serve you. I love Ontario County not only because I was born and raised there, but because I have stayed connected to it my whole life and have chosen to come back home to raise my own family .

I ran my race with integrity and respect for the position of the District Attorney’s office. I have dedicated my life to the law and to respecting the judicial system and to being passionate for victims so they can be heard. I respect and honor the process of the courts to the highest degree. Thank you to my supporters who researched, listened, and got to know me and what I stand for and what I believe in. And thank you for knowing that my motives were to come back and serve Ontario County for the good of our county.

That being said, I am a Republican, a lifelong Republican, and I believe strongly in the democratic process; and on primary Election Day, the voters spoke, and the Republican party chose its candidate. I must and will respect that choice. As such I will no longer actively campaign for the position of District Attorney.

I have spent many hours over the last several days praying and wrestling with the toughest decision of my life. Was it easy to decide to come home to serve my great county? It was. Is it easy to step aside now? No. This decision has come after much prayer, counseling, and introspection. I never want to let down the people who have believed in me, but I also need to be who I am: a woman with immense integrity who respects the democratic process.

Thank you for believing that together we could make a difference. I want you to know the depth of my gratitude and that I am still committed to Ontario County. I came home to serve and that is still my intention. I am so grateful for what you have done for me, and I want you to know that I believe in the future of our great county. God Bless you all.

Kitty