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Candidate pulls out of State Treasurer's race

MADISON - One of two Republican candidates for state treasurer has pulled out of the race. Jason Punzel, the head of a Madison real estate firm, says the campaign would take too much time away from his family.

Democratic Treasurer Dawn Marie Sass is seeking her second four-year term next year. Kurt Schuller of Eden is running as a Republican, and Madison budget analyst Dan Bohrod plans to challenge Sass in the Democratic primary.

Sass was under fire this year for having a niece on her payroll, and for creating a backlog of claims for unclaimed property. She was also criticized for not reporting travel costs to conventions that were paid by her national association - but the Government Accountability Board said she did not have to report those costs.