Posted by Phil Andrews
Voters in Guelph’s Ward 5 area have lost an option on their ballot for local city councillors.
Robert Routledge, a co-ordinator of student orientation programs at the University of Guelph, has decided to drop out of the race.
Routledge, who filed to be a Ward 5 candidate in January, said he had personal reasons and heavy pending work commitments related to Orientation Week and the start of the next academic year that made campaigning for a spot on council too difficult to continue.
He said he completed the paperwork to leave the race on Tuesday.
His exit leaves three candidates still registered in Ward. Incumbent councillors Lise Burcher and Leanne Piper are seeking re-election. Former city councillor Cathy Downer is also seeking to return to council.
The civic election takes place on Oct. 27.
Routledge had taken a leave from the Mercury's Community Editorial Board to run for council. He will be returning to the board.