Barry Saturday announced Wednesday that he is dropping out of Lexington’s District 4 council race.
Saturday, who was challenging incumbent Urban County Councilwoman Susan Lamb, said he has not been able to devote the time needed to campaign because of personal and family commitments.
“We just had a new baby in the past year,” said Saturday, a former social studies teacher. “I have not been able to give the race the attention it deserves.”
In a letter to the editor announcing he was withdrawing from the race, Saturday also said he did not agree with a November 2015 vote by the council to increase the minimum wage.
Saturday unsuccessfully ran for the seat in 2014. District 4 is an area between Tates Creek and Nicholasville roads that includes the Lansdowne, Zandale and Shadeland neighborhoods.
Ballots for the Nov. 8 general election have already been certified. Saturday’s name will still appear on the ballot. Votes cast for him will not be counted. Fayette County election officials confirmed late Wednesday that Saturday filed official paperwork to withdraw from the race.
Saturday’s withdrawal means there will be only one contested council race this fall — in District 2. Councilwoman Shevawn Akers, who is in her second term, faces challenger Sasha Love Higgins, a first-time candidate. Former Councilman Russ Hensley, who represented District 12, announced last week he was resigning and not running for re-election, leaving Kathy Plomin unopposed.