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Daniel Sohn withdraws from 2018 Agriculture Commissioner’s race

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Daniel Sohn, a Democratic candidate for Agriculture Commissioner in 2018, announced on his Facebook page Wednesday that he is withdrawing from the race.

Sohn, district aide to Palm Beach Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor Pat Edmonson, confirmed the post in a phone call.

“There are some serious reoccurring health issues that need my immediate attention,” he said in the post. “Over the next couple of months, I will be undergoing procedures that will require much recovery time. I promise during that time to get myself stronger and ready to continue to resist.

“This race was all about growing Florida stronger,” Sohn wrote. “I still believe the strength of Florida can and will be determined by how well we take care of our people and environment. In the future I hope to count on your support again.”

Sohn announced only last month he was running for the seat, being vacated by term-limited Republican Adam Putnam, who will run for governor in next year’s election.

Sohn’s withdrawal leaves Michael Damian Christine as the lone Democrat in the race.

Republicans Paul Paulson, state Sen. Denise Grimsley and state Rep. Matt Caldwell also have filed to run.

Before joining Florida Politics, journalist and attorney James Rosica was state government reporter for The Tampa Tribune. He attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., working at dailies and weekly papers in Philadelphia after graduation. Rosica joined the Tallahassee Democrat in 1997, later moving to the courts beat, where he reported on the 2000 presidential recount. In 2005, Rosica left journalism to attend law school in Philadelphia, afterwards working part time for a public-interest law firm. Returning to writing, he covered three legislative sessions in Tallahassee for The Associated Press, before joining the Tribune’s re-opened Tallahassee bureau in 2013. He can be reached at

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