CHAPEL HILL — Communications specialist Jonathan Riehl announced Tuesday that he will drop out of this year’s Town Council race.
Riehl, who has lived with a medical condition for years, said his doctor expressed concern that the campaign and council schedule would be too demanding right now. The communications professor and former Congressional Quarterly reporter left open the possibility of a future run for office.
“It’s not fatal, but it does require that I do take better care of myself,” Riehl said.
Local elections officials already have submitted the names for November’s ballot, so Riehl’s name could remain among the candidates. However, polling supervisors will be told about any changes to the ballot during pre-election training, elections officials said.
The remaining candidates for four seats on the Chapel Hill Town Council are: incumbent council members Sally Greene and Ed Harrison, and challengers Maria Palmer, George Cianciolo, Gary Kahn, Paul Neebe, D.C. Swinton, Loren Hintz and Amy Ryan. Early voting begins Oct. 17, with the general election Nov. 5.
Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt is unopposed.
The last day to register is Oct. 11.