Rich Seltz withdrew from the race for two at-large seats on the Fort Dodge City Council on Thursday, but offered no reason for doing so.
In a brief email sent to The Messenger Thursday afternoon, he wrote "Rich Seltz is dropping out of the council race. That's all I will say right now."
Seltz told the staff of the city clerk's office that he was withdrawing from the race.
"He did come and verbally tell the clerk's office," said Jeff Nemmers, the city clerk and finance director.
Seltz did not immediately reply to messages left on his cell phone and business phones.
Although he said he's dropping out of the race, his name will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot, according to Webster County Deputy Auditor Tina Eldal. She said it is too late to remove his name.
Councilman Andy Fritz, who's seeking his second term; Jeffery Halter and Greg Nolting, a former councilman who was also a Webster County supervisor, remain in the race for the at-large seats.
''I hate to see Rich drop out,'' Fritz said. ''Rich is a great guy, a man that is proud of Fort Dodge, in my opinion.''
"I'm a little surprised," Halter said. "I'm guessing he's got some personal reasons for why he wanted to do that."
Nolting said, "That's too bad. I like Rich. I'm certain he's got his reasons."