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More candidates drop out of Hernando races


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— Four people have bowed out of their races for elected office in the last month.

Libertarian party candidate Charles McBrearty withdrew his name for consideration for the District 2 county commission race on May 21. That means Democrat Jimmy Lodato and incumbent Republican Wayne Dukes will face each other head-on unless someone else enters the race before qualifying period ends June 20.

McBrearty, on his Facebook page, cited lack of time to collect petitions to get on the ballot.

“The other option of paying the ludicrously high automatic qualifying fee for county commission was never really on the table either, it being a percentage of their much too large annual salaries,” he wrote.

Brooksville accountant Pat Brayton withdrew Monday from the Brooksville City Council seat 5 race, which means Natalie Kahler is the sole candidate for that non-partisan position.

Brayton cited “multiple family medical situations” as the reason for withdrawing.

Last week, Heather Urban withdrew from the non-partisan school board race, representing District 5. That leaves Anna Liisa Covell, Cynthia Moore and Robert Neuhausen still in contention.

In the District 3 school board race Jay Rowden and Beth Narverud are running after long-time school board member Dianne Bonfield announced May 19 that, after eight years, she was retiring and not seeking a third term.

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