The field of potential Eighth District Council candidates is smaller today.
John Churchville who was one of eleven Democratic candidates seeking the party nomination on May 17 has quit the race. He cited a family emergency, as the main cause.
“My wife and I made the decision yesterday,” he said. “It’s my mother-in-law and we have to make some immediate decisions. That will require our full attention.”
Churchville is interim president of the Greater Germantown Business Association and promotes HIV/AIDS education through the Liberation Fellowship Community Development Corporation, which he chairs.
He said that his family emergency also forced him to consider whether a council campaign would take time away from other commitments. He says, one of the top priorities is the promise he made to work with five Germantown High School students who are interning with the Business Association and his Liberation Fellowship CDC.
This leaves ten candidates who have said they plan to circulate nominating petitions in an effort to get on the May ballot. Candidates have until March 15 to collect 750 validated signatures.
As of yet, no Republican has emerged to challenge the Democratic nominee in November.