ELYRIA — Thomas Pallardy is dropping his bid to become an Elyria city councilman.
That leaves only independent Mark Craig actively challenging Councilwoman Bonnie Ivancic, D-4th Ward, who is running for a second term.
But Pallardy’s name will still appear on the ballot as a Republican, said Marilyn Jacobcik, deputy director of the county Board of Elections.
The deadline to get a name removed from the ballot was last Friday, but a candidate can withdraw from any race up until the election, she said.
“He can’t have it both ways,” Jacobcik said. “If he withdraws, we won’t take his name off the ballot, but we will post a notice that any votes for him won’t be counted.”
Pallardy, a Republican, said Thursday he is leaving the race because he has accepted a new job in the Washington, D.C., area and plans to drop off a letter withdrawing from the race today at the Elections Board.
“I am withdrawing from the race. but if for some reason I get enough votes to win, we’ll play it from there,” Pallardy said.
Pallardy, 56, said he has accepted a job as facilities manager for a company that contracts with the government to train law enforcement and military personnel. He declined to name the firm, but said he would be starting work in less than two weeks.
He said he expects to be unable to leave Washington for six to eight weeks once he starts his new job.
Pallardy said his wife, Cheryl, would remain in Elyria and he will stay in the Washington area with his son Joshua, who works as a chef for the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon.
Pallardy ran unsuccessfully four years ago for mayor, losing to Democratic incumbent Bill Grace. He also lost a bid two years ago for an at-large Council seat.
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