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County clerk candidate withdraws from race

by Caitlan Butler | September 21, 2022 at 12:00 a.m.

The Democratic candidate who was running to be Union County Clerk has dropped out of the race.

Crystal Osgood, who filed to run for the position in February, said she took a job in June at her daughter's school, which led to her decision.

"I took this job and decided I'm needed here," she said.

Her withdrawal was formalized Friday with a notarized letter sent to Alice Lowery, the current county clerk, and Cliff Wright, chair of the Union County Election Commission.

Osgood will remain on November's ballot, Lowery said.

"She can't be taken off the ballot because we already made it," Lowery said.

Osgood will appear first on the general election ballot, and Republican Mandi Fudge will be second, per a ballot order drawing held by the election commission in August.

"If (Osgood) should win, then I would stay in office until I got ready to resign and then the Quorum Court could appoint (someone else)," Lowery explained. "If Mandi wins, she'll win."

Lowery was appointed to the county clerk position in June upon the retirement of longtime clerk Shannon Phillips.

The general election, in which several city, county, state and federal elections will be decided, is scheduled for Nov. 8. Early voting begins on Oct. 24.

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