Montgomery County treasurer candidate exits primary race

Fred D. Burkhardt, the former executive director of the Trotwood Community Improvement Corp., has withdrawn his candidacy for Montgomery County treasurer. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Fred D. Burkhardt, the former executive director of the Trotwood Community Improvement Corp., has withdrawn his candidacy for Montgomery County treasurer. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Fred Burkhardt, a Republican candidate for Montgomery County treasurer, has withdrawn from the March 17 primary ballot.

Burkhardt, a Kettering resident, cited medical reasons for dropping out the race on Tuesday.

His absence from the contest nearly ensures fellow Republican John McManus, Montgomery County Clerk of Courts chief deputy, will face Russ Joseph, the current county treasurer, in the November general election. Joseph is running unopposed in the Democratic primary.

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Burkhardt said doctors told him that the stress of a campaign would hinder medical treatments.

“I have advised the party and my campaign team of the situation. We have received some dollars and financial commitments that will be returned to the donor,” he said.

Burkhardt said he would have been a good fit as county treasurer, but will now support McManus.

“I am truly sorry to make this advisory, but there are few options,” Burkhardt said.