Johnson drops out of Northern Transportation race

Hernando Mayor Chip Johnson is bowing out of the Northern District Transportation Commissioner’s race, saying he doesn’t want to square off against incumbent Mike Tagert.

Tagert was in the running for the special U.S. House First District race, but lost in the first round of that race between a field of 13 candidates. Now, Tagert is focused on re-election to the three-member Transportation Commission.

“When I entered the race, for Northern District Transportation Commissioner, I was assuming that I would be competing for a vacant seat,” Johnson said in a statement Wednesday. “As fate would have it, I have ended up in an election against a very capable incumbent, Commissioner Mike Tagert.”