Wheetley drops out of race for Third District Supervisor

Mad River Union

ARCATA – Mark Wheetley has dropped out of the race for Third District Supervisor. The candidate announced his withdrawal from the race in an email sent out Monday morning.

Mark Wheetley

Mark Wheetley

“After long and thoughtful consideration, I have decided to withdraw my candidacy for Third District Supervisor.  Due to a number of personal and professional obligations, it would be difficult to sustain an effective and competitive campaign at this time in balance with those commitments,” Wheetley wrote. “I am thankful for all the support I have received from the people of the Third District and throughout Humboldt County.  I will continue to serve the people of Arcata on the City Council until my term expires in December 2018.”

Wheetley did not mention whether his Jan. 7 arrest for allegedly driving under the influence was a factor in his decision.

Wheetley was one of three candidates running for the Third District seat, now held by Mark Lovelace, who is not seeking reelection. The other candidates who will face each other in June are Uri Driscoll and Mike Wilson.

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