Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Bellevue City Council candidate drops out

Race narrows to 4 for November election

Express Staff Writer

John Hollenbeck

The race for two open seats on the Bellevue City Council in November's city election has become less competitive, if only slightly so, with the announcement by John Hollenbeck that he's withdrawing his candidacy.

Hollenbeck, who frequently attends council meetings as a concerned citizen, announced his decision on Monday, Oct. 1, stating that his job as a sales and marketing consultant will take him out of town more than he originally anticipated in 2008. Hollenbeck said this week that he does not wish to be an absentee councilman, which he said would be unfair to the city's residents.

Hollenbeck said he hopes his travel schedule will be reduced enough in the future to allow him to run next fall.

The remaining candidates are current Councilman Steve Fairbrother, Blaine County Chief Deputy Sheriff Gene Ramsey, resident Josh Rand, and former Councilman Larry Plott.

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