Candidate drops out of race for Cook's council seat

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The list of finalists seeking to be the next Montgomery City Councilman for District 6 is getting smaller. One candidate has dropped his name from the race.

W. C. McNeil issued a letter to the Montgomery Director of Elections Wednesday saying:

"Unfortunately I, W.C. McNeil, am asking to be withdrawn as a candidate for District Councilman for the 6th District. Due to some unforeseen professional and personal conflicts of interest I will have to withdrawn [SIC] my name. Thank you for always being the professional you [Director of Elections Trey Granger] are."

McNeil did not give specific reasons pertaining to his "unforeseen professional and personal conflicts of interest."

It's been nearly three weeks since Councilman Willie Cook died, leaving the seat vacant.

The thirteen candidates who are still in the running for the open position are:.

Andre Bolding, Sr.; Shirley A. Carlisle; Jon Dow; Murphy O. Green; Karen Jones; Willie D. Knight; Carolyn Millender; Marie Myrick-McKitt; Mary Phelan-Jackson; Michael "Mike" Farrier; James Moss; Edward "Ed" Murray and Kelvin D. Williams.

Granger said he received McNeil's letter around noon Wednesday, and the Election Center will now proceed with printing of absentee ballots with the hopes of having them ready by the end of the week.

Voters in District 6 will be able to pick Cook's successor during the special election to be held on September 14, 2010.

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