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Manatee County Commissioner Betsy Benac files for re-election to at-large commission seat

Commissioner Betsy Benac discusses whether or not to support a recommendation by the school board to reinstate impact fees to pay for schools. 
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Commissioner Betsy Benac discusses whether or not to support a recommendation by the school board to reinstate impact fees to pay for schools. GRANT JEFFERIES/Bradenton Herald gjefferies@bradenton.com

MANATEE -- Manatee County Commissioner Betsy Benac has officially filed to run for re-election.

Benac, who announced plans to run for re-election to the District 7 at-large seat last November, filed Wednesday with the Supervisor of Elections Office.

The Republican was first elected to the commission in 2012, beating incumbent Joe McClash, who was first elected to the commission in 1990.

"We have a lot of good things going on, but we need to make sure to continue addressing the growth that we are experiencing," Benac said in November. "We need to recognize challenges that need to be funded. We need to talk about how we are going to do that."

The other candidate in the District 7 commission race is Republican Candace Luther.

Benac has said that she wants to continue work done during her first term. She is the Port Authority chairwoman.

"We have so many challenges that come up that we need to address," Benac said. "Some of them you hear every day in terms of our growth. ... How we are going to fund transportation moving forward and protect our quality of life? I'm very excited to be part of a team that gets to address those significant issues."

Claire Aronson, Manatee County reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7024. Follow her on Twitter@Claire_Aronson.

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