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Write-in candidate bails out of Pasco race



John M. Taylor, a write-in candidate for Pasco County Commission whose residency and motives were questioned in June, left the race Friday. A letter (Download.pdf ) via FedEx service arrived Friday that announced his withdrawal in two sentences to the county elections office.

His departure removes any virtually doubt that Pasco County Commissioner Ted Schrader, a Republican, will be re-elected.

"That is awesome news," Schrader said this afternoon.

Taylor, a supporter of John Nicolette, who lost to Schrader in the primary, never mounted any public campaign. He had signed a petition to get Nicolette on the ballot after buying land from him in Darby years earlier. He also had a homestead property outside the commission district, though he said he was living in a mobile home inside the east Pasco district to qualify to run.

By running, Taylor stopped 170,000 non-Republicans from voting. Nicolette's campaign strategy amounted to wooing conservative Republicans, though he still lost big.

David DeCamp, Times Staff Writer


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:35am]


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