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Date of Issue: March 17, 2005

Hayes resigns from Anna Maria commission race

Anna Maria city commission candidate Ben Hayes is now the former candidate after he submitted a letter to the city Sept. 16 stating that he was withdrawing as a candidate for a commission seat in the Nov. 2 election for personal reasons.

Hayes' withdrawal means that incumbent commissioners Duke Miller and Linda Cramer will be automatically returned for another two-year term. No other candidates qualified for the election.

The race for mayor will be between incumbent SueLynn and former Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh..