Gerald Breihan, who was a candidate for the seat of Franklin County presiding commissioner in the Aug. 5 primary, withdrew from the race last Friday, officials say.

Breihan of New Haven could not be reached for comment to determine why he withdrew.

Breihan came in last place out of the four candidates in the Franklin County R-II School Board race last Tuesday.

It is unclear if his performance in that election influenced his decision to withdraw from the presiding county commissioner race.

Breihan filed to run for the presiding county commissioner seat on the opening day of the filing period Feb. 25.

He withdrew from the race in writing with a letter to Franklin County Clerk Debbie Door.

In the letter he wrote, “This is to inform you that I officially withdraw my name from the August 5 primary election ballot for presiding commissioner for Franklin County, Missouri.”

On Tuesday afternoon, Breihan’s campaign website for the presiding commissioner seat was still online.

However, his committee, Citizens for Breihan, has been terminated, according to the Missouri Ethics Commission, which keeps track of candidates’ campaign contributions. He spent a total of $1,070 on his campaign, according to the ethics commission.

Now the only candidates for the presiding county commissioner seat are incumbent John Griesheimer of Washington, Tim Baker of Pacific and Gary Getman of St. Clair. Getman and Griesheimer are running as Republicans and will face each other in the Aug. 5 primary. Baker is running as an independent and will not be on the ballot until the Nov. 4 general election.