Anne Arundel County Councilman John Grasso said Monday night that he's dropping out of the county executive's race in 2014.
Instead, the first-term councilman plans to run for re-election in his council district, which includes Glen Burnie and Millersville.
Grasso said he realized running for executive would take a lot of money and that he was up against two talented candidates in the Republican primary: Del. Steve Schuh and County Executive Laura Neuman.
"I'm happy with the candidates ... Laura's a good person, Steve's a good person," said Grasso, a Glen Burnie Republican. He wasn't sure he could differentiate himself enough from the other two candidates.
Grasso said he was still not quite at peace with his decision, because he felt he could win the race.