Ken Johnson, a Democratic candidate for Los Alamos County Council, has dropped out of the race.
Johnson sent in his withdrawal notice to the county clerk’s office this morning.
“I expect if I were elected at some point, I would have had to leave the council and that would not be fair to the people who voted for me,” said Johnson, who plans on releasing a statement later today. “I have plans to move away from Los Alamos during that time frame.”
Los Alamos Democratic Party chair Mike Wheeler, who was in Espanola this afternoon attending the dedication of the Jim West Transit Center said, “I am sad to hear that Ken had to withdraw. Ken has family oblgations that need to be taken care of.”
Wheeler said a special meeting will be called of the Central Committee to review candidates to replace Johnson on the ballot.
It is the second time in a month that a candidate has withdrawn from the race.
Republican candidate Roger Waterman withdrew for professional and personal reasons and was replaced by Steve Girrens.
Wheeler said because of state regulations Johnson had to resign by Sept. 4 and the replacement has to be made by Sept. 11.
For those Democrats interested in being considered for the slot, they should contact Wheeler at (505) 662-5577.