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Purcell drops out of race for city council in Park City

Thomas Purcell

One of the four candidates for city council in Park City has dropped out of the race,  just days before ballots are mailed to voters.

Thomas Purcell sent an email to Park City Recorder Michelle Kellogg Monday afternoon, saying he had to end his campaign. Purcell's email stated "ongoing issues with my health (back), and personal commitments will not allow me to be a competent candidate for office." Purcell added he looked forward to being involved in city poltics in the future.

Purcell is a basketball coach at Park City High School. In the August primary he was one of eight candidates running for four positions on November's ballot. He came in fourth, receiving 327 votes after incumbent Tim Henney's 806 votes, Jeremy Rubell's 1,246 votes and Tana Toly's 1,351 votes. The fifth-place finisher, John Greenfield, had 292 votes. Daniel Lewis had 156, Jamison Brandi had 147 and Michael J. Franchek had 52.  

Kellogg said the ballots have already been printed with Purcell's name on them, and any votes for Purcell will not be counted.  

Ballots will be mailed on or before October 12th. Ballots need to be postmarked on or before November first in order to be counted. There are also dropbox locations around Park City where you can deposit your ballot.  For more information, click here.

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