Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs City Council candidate John Fielding has withdrawn from the race in District 1 due to a family crisis.
Fielding's withdrawal leaves Tony Connell and Clark Davidson vying for the only contested city council seat this election cycle.
To protect the privacy of his family, Fielding on Monday afternoon did not discuss the details of the crisis other than to say "it may involve a significant change of life in our family."
"We'll be continuing to seek resolution of this dillemma, and it may involve time out of town," he said.
While campaigning for the city council seat, he said the city government in Steamboat is in need of reform. He proposed creating a new office of the citizen's advocate that could work independently from the city council and city management to help citizens interact with the city.
“I hope that my having emphasized reform will spur the two candidates still in the race to try and claim that part of the electorate it appeals to,” he said Monday.
The ballots for the election were sent out to voters in Routt County earlier this month, so it is too late for his name to be removed.
Fielding's withdrawal from the race means any votes he receives will be invalid and won't be reported, according to City Clerk Julie Franklin.
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