10/15/2013 3:10:00 PM Candidate withdraws from council race; names remains on ballot
Trisha Witty, one of five candidates that will be on the ballot in November's election for two open Harbor Springs City Council seats, has withdrawn from the race.
According to a prepared statement, Witty said, "first and foremost, I would like to thank all of the people in the Harbor Springs community who offered such incredible support and encouragement.
"As a Harbor Springs High School graduate and having invested 21 years into a business on Main Street, I have seen the vast changes my hometown has gone through. I felt compelled to 'throw my hat in the ring' in order to make a difference - to become a part of the decision-making process, especially at this critical time in our town's history.
"Respectfully, I find that I have no choice but to withdraw from this race due to recent unforeseen changes with my storefront business that which will demand my immediate and future time and focus.
"I appreciated the opportunity to possibly serve my community, and I will continue my volunteer efforts in other ways."
City manager Tom Richards said Witty's name will still appear on the ballot. If she has enough votes to be elected, he said she would then be given the choice to accept or resign from her council seat.
"If she resigned, City Council would actually need to appoint someone," he said.
The Harbor Light Newspaper has invited all City Council candidates to answer a series of questions which will run in the October 30 edition of this newspaper.