CHELAN — Fred Miller, a Lake Chelan Health commissioner for 30 years and currently on the November ballot for reelection, on Tuesday said he is pulling out of the contested race.

“It’s been exciting, frustrating, exhilarating, about every emotion you can go through over the years. It’s time to step down,” Miller said. Miller said he made decision to drop out about a month ago.

Miller said he would like to offer his congratulations to Lori Withrow, the other candidate in the race.

“I wish her well,” he said. “It’s a challenging position. Health care is bad. There’s no doubt about that, and it will require dedication and time commitment.”

Withrow, a Chelan resident, said that she hopes to see Miller go on to find another role because he has been a great support to a lot of different agencies.

“He’s been a great resource for the community, and I know that communities appreciated his support in all of the organizations that he’s participated in,” she said.

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