WALLA WALLA — Wesley Bernal said today he is ending his bid because he is caring for his wife, who is pregnant and has been bedridden. His family concerns would also prevent him from effectively serving if elected, he said.
Bernal was running against Julie Scott for the Position 1 seat, which is up for election in November. The seat became vacant earlier this year when the incumbent, Steve Dickerson, resigned because he had moved out of the city.
Bernal, Scott and a third person, Bob Frye, applied to fill the seat for the remainder of Dickerson’s term, which expires this year. Council members voted unanimously at their July 22 meeting to have Scott fill the position.
Although he has withdrawn, Bernal’s name will still be on ballots, which will be sent out Oct. 18 for the Nov. 5 general election.
Bernal said that if by chance he is elected, he would “probably have to resign” the position due to having to care for his family.
Bernal’s withdrawal leaves the mayor’s race as the only contested election in the College Place City Council races. The candidates running for the remaining two Council seats up for election, Adam Keatts for the Position 2 seat and Marge Nyhagen for the Position 3 seat, are running unopposed.
In the mayor’s race, Lonnie Croft is challenging incumbent Rick Newby for the position.
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