just reported the "rumor" that Gary Purnhagen was withdrawing as a candidate for alderman in the First Ward. It turns out it's not a rumor at all. Last week, Purnhagen posted this statement on his Facebook page.
Once again, I'm learning that life isn't predictable.
When I decided to run as the Democratic candidate for the 1st Ward Alderperson, I committed to showing up and doing the work. This week I accepted an employment opportunity that will prevent me from delivering on that commitment. I just will not have the time to properly represent the 1st Ward and, therefore, will not run or serve.
Unfortunately, it is too late for my name to be removed from the ballot in November. Therefore, I urge someone else to step up and declare yourself a write-in candidate. I would much rather decide who will represent us than the Common Council at large.
I thank everyone who supported me in this campaign.
Purnhagen's statement alludes to what will happen if he, in the First Ward, and Calvin Lewis, in the Third Ward, are elected--and they will be if no one steps up to run as a write-in candidate--and decline to serve: the Common Council will elect one of the representatives of the First Ward and one of the representatives of the Third Ward. The outcome will be that 20 percent of the aldermen on the next Council will not have been elected by the people they are supposed to represent.
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