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Stafford Supervisor Drops Campaign Against Howell

Tim Craig

The Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star is reporting that Stafford County Supervisor George Schwartz has dropped his bid to challenge House Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) this year.

Last month, Schwartz entered the race by saying he was "ready for the next challenge" and wanted to go to Richmond to take on "special interests."

Democrats quickly took notice of Schwartz's campaign. Although Howell represents a GOP-leaning district, President Obama received 50 percent of the vote in it last year.

According to the Free-Lance Star, Schwartz said today he is dropping out of the race because the campaign "was overtaking his work as a supervisor." He said he cannot run a "targeted, full-time race" while simultaneously tending to county business, according to the newspaper.

Its unclear if any other prominent Stafford County Democrat will step in to challenge Howell.

By Tim Craig  |  March 4, 2009; 3:39 PM ET
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