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Commissioner Schrader won't challenge write-in



Republican Pasco County Commissioner Ted Schrader today ruled out challenging the legitimacy of a late write-in candidate who closed the countywide race to Pasco's 110,000 registered Republicans. By Florida law, a write-in candidate stops other parties' voters -- 170,000 of them in Pasco's case -- from voting in a primary, even though it will essentially decide who the next commissioner is.

That leaves the decision to be made by leading Democrats, notably county party Chairwoman Alison Morano, who said she was still weighing options today. Democrats account for 104,00 of the 280,000 voters in Pasco.

"It's pretty much out of my hands," said Schrader, who said he wants to focus on top issues.

John M. Taylor, who has supported rival Republican John Nicolette, qualified to run, making the Aug. 26 election open only to Republicans. But Taylor's residency in District 1 has been questioned because he has a homestead exemption in Lutz outside the district. He listed a Wesley Chapel address.

-- David DeCamp,Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:29am]


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