by nathan oster
Jennifer (Fink) Lowe has withdrawn from the race for two seats on the Greybull Town Council.
The first-time candidate cited an upcoming surgical procedure as the reason.
“After consulting with my doctor I was enlightened to the fact that the surgery is more involved and recovery more lengthy than I had anticipated,” she said. “I think it unfair of me to take on a position that I cannot dedicate 100 percent to at this time.
She added, “I appreciate all of the support and encouragement I have been given” since filing for office.
Lowe filed her withdrawal papers with the county clerk’s office on Thursday. The move leaves just two candidates, Les Lowe and Harry Richard Capen, bidding for two four-year-terms on the council. The current holders of those seats, Bob McGuire and Ross Jorgensen, aren’t seeking re-election.
Even though she has officially dropped out of the race, Lowe’s name will still appear on the primary election ballot, according to Annette Dillon of the clerk’s office.
The ballots have already been printed and will soon go out in the mail to absentee voters.
Because Lowe has withdrawn and cannot be among the candidates who advance to the general election, a vote for her would carry no weight, however, in terms of setting the field for the general election.
With two seats up, a maximum of four candidates could advance, which would leave the door open for as many as two write-in candidates to enter the race after the primary election.
Dillon said signs will be posted at the polling location in Greybull, informing voters that Lowe has withdrawn and that “a vote for her won’t count.”