Six days ahead of the election, and on the eve of a candidates forum, one of seven who had been running for New Windsor Town Council has dropped out of the race.
Michael Scott Barclay informed the town Wednesday of his decision, according to Town Clerk Donna Alban.
Barclay said in an interview that a family medical situation had arisen.
“I know I wouldn’t be able to devote the time to it that I would need to, so I thought it best that I go ahead and withdraw,” he said.
That means six candidates are running for three open seats on the New Windsor Town Council.
Meanwhile, the New Windsor candidates forum, sponsored by the Community Media Center and the Carroll County Times, will take place Thursday night at 7 at the New Windsor Firemen's Building, at 101 High St.
Potential questions from New Windsor residents can still be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The forum will stream live at www.carrollmediacenter.org/new-windsor-voters-guide.
Incumbents David Hoffman and Kimberlee Schultz are trying to retain their seats against challengers Terry Green, Thomas Frank Gubernatis Jr., William Holl and Michael Zepp.
The third incumbent, Councilwoman Sandee Custen, is not seeking another term.
New Windsor will hold its election from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14 in the community meeting room of the Carroll County Public Library headquarters at 1100 Green Valley Road in New Windsor, which is a different location than indicated on voter identification cards.
For more information about these candidates or any of Carroll’s municipal elections, go to www.carrollcountytimes.com/elections. To view profiles of New Windsor candidates, visit www.carrollmediacenter.org/new-windsor-voters-guide.