MANATEE -- Manatee County Commission candidate Paul Stehle said today he was dropping out of the race for the District 7 at-large commission seat currently held by Commissioner Joe McClash.
Stehle, 58, a Republican from Palm-Aire, said his air-conditioning business had suddenly taken off, with an increase in business of 60 percent. He said he was dropping out in order to better oversee his company.
Remaining in the race are McClash, a Republican who recently announced he would run for re-election, and another Republican challenger, Betsy Benac, a senior project planner at the Benderson Development Co.
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