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Brentwood Mayor Drops Out Of Race For Re-election

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BRENTWOOD, Md. (AP) — Brentwood Mayor Xzavier Montgomery-Wright has withdrawn her bid for re-election amid criticism that she used town funds to pay for personal expenses.

Montgomery-Wright, who was evicted from her rented home in April, withdrew her candidacy Tuesday night before a mayoral forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

Forum moderator Gloria Johnson read a letter from Montgomery-Wright in which the mayor said that her term will end on Tuesday.

Montgomery-Wright was censured by the Town Council for the unauthorized use of a town debit card. She has said she is repaying the town.

Roger Rudder is the only listed candidate in the May 2 election for mayor. Former Mayor Betty Jean Bailey-Schmiedigen is a write-in candidate.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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