Bowen leaves Fla. agriculture commissioner race

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former state Rep. Marty Bowen is dropping out of agriculture commissioner race.

Bowen said Monday she won't seek the seat because of "family obligations in these troubling times." She is a citrus grower from Haines City.

Bowen announced her candidacy two years ago, but hasn't been lately active in raising money.

That leaves U.S. Rep. Adam Putnam and state Sen. Carey Baker still in the Republican primary to replace Commissioner Charles Bronson.

Putnam raised nearly $490,000 in two months after entering the race in February, compared to just more than $120,000 raised by Baker since November.

Former state Rep. Rick Minton is the only Democrat in the race. He raised less than $2,000 in two weeks after announcing his candidacy last month.

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