Posting on his Facebook account this evening, James Goetz made the following announcement:
For the health and well being of my family, friends and self, I pulled out of the race today. It deeply saddens me to have to do so. However tomorrow the sun will come up and a new day will begin. I thank you all for your support and confidence.
At this point, it has not been confirmed that Goetz filed the necessary paperwork to officially end his campaign for the commission seat.
More information will be posted here as it becomes available.
Update: (10/14 at 2:30 am): The Ledger has published that Goetz officially withdrew:
Goetz, as the city’s procedure requires, gave a signed note to City Clerk Kelly Koos to quit the race.
“At this time, I will be withdrawing from the 2009 District D city commissioner election,” the note said. District D covers the southeastern part of the city.