Palmetto city commissioner withdraws name from Manatee commission race


MANATEE -- Palmetto City Commissioner Jonathan Davis on Tuesday withdrew from running for the District 1 seat on the Manatee County Commission.

In a news release sent Monday afternoon announcing his intent to withdraw, Davis said he intends to run for re-election for the at-large city commissioner seat he currently holds. On Tuesday he officially withdrew.

"After thoughtful deliberation and discussion with close campaign supporters, I am withdrawing my name from the race for Manatee County Commission District 1," Davis said in the release. "It has been my pleasure to receive a large amount of support and signatures from friends, family and the community at large. Immediate family matters have affected my priorities and will not afford my best effort into helping the Manatee County effectively manage the community."

The District 1 commissioner represents Palmetto, Parrish, Duette, Terra Ceia, Rubonia, Palm View, Gillette and parts of Myakka City.

Davis, a Republican, has received $550 in campaign contributions to date. Davis was elected to the Palmetto City commission in 2012. One candidate, Lawrence Andress, has filed to run for Davis' seat on the Palmetto commission.

"It is my intention to run for the seat in which I currently serve in Palmetto, a seat that will allow me to prioritize my family needs and continue to serve the community," Davis said.

With Davis withdrawing from the county commission race, there are five candidates vying to fill the seat being vacated by retiring Commissioner Larry Bustle. The other candidates are Republican Priscilla Whisenant Trace; Republican Corie Holmes; Republican Dustin Schaal; Michael Hillesheim, a write-in candidate; and Republican Ron Reagan.

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