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Czarnezki drops out of Milwaukee County executive race

Milwaukee County Clerk Joe Czarnezki said he is withdrawing from the race for Milwaukee County executive.

The decision, Czarnezki said, was based on millionaire philanthropist Chris Abele’s entry into the race and Republican Jeff Stone’s bid for the post.

“You have one candidate (Abele) with $1 million to spend on his campaign and then you have the Repubican party’s money machine to contend with,” said Czarnezki. “I’m confident I could have easily made it through the primary.”

Czarnezki said he had broad grassroots support, but the cost of the campaign was too much.

— Marie Rohde

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