Ruane’s letter announcing his resignation, dated September 1st 2015, in full:
First of all, I would like to thank you for your support.
My campaign for Lee County Commissioner has been an extraordinary experience. We are so lucky to be able to live in such a wonderful community and the campaign has certainly confirmed that.
However, it is with a heavy heart that I have decided to suspend my candidacy effective immediately. Due to a recent serious health issue with a family member, I am unable to meet the obligations of the campaign at this time. I did not come to this decision lightly, but as many of you know my family is always my primary responsibility and will continue to be.
I plan to continue on as mayor of Sanibel and look forward to seeing many of you over the coming months. Also, please know that I will be returning all of my campaign contributions.
Finally, I want to thank all of you again for your support and encouragement during the campaign.”