John Stuehmeier
John Stuehmeier (John Stuehmeier/Courtesy photo)

One of the four candidates running for three seats on the Mount Airy Town Council withdrew from the race less than a week before Election Day.

John Stuehmeier took to Facebook 10 p.m. Thursday to make the announcement.


“Over a month ago I began the process of running for the Town Council. There is a common quote, ‘Your life can change in the blink of an eye,’ ” Stuehmeier said in his Facebook post. “In the last several days, I have had several unexpected events occur in my life and well, my life is changing in the blink of an eye.”

Mount Airy’s election is Monday.

After seeing that a forum wasn’t going to be held for the Mount Airy election, a South Carroll High School senior decided to host his own with the Mount Airy Town Council candidates.

Stuehmeier said he will be moving out of town — therefore losing a qualification to be a council member — due to the unexpected events he mentioned in his post.

“I am grateful for all of the support I have received during this last month,” he said. “In order to prevent the possibility of a special election in June, I am withdrawing from the race for the town council.”

With Stuehmeier withdrawing from the race, the three remaining candidates — Karl Munder, Jason Poirier and Pamela Reed — are expected to fill the three open seats on the Town Council.

Two candidates still running in the election made comments of support on Stuehmeier’s Facebook post.

“John Stuehmeier thank you for your service to our town,” Poirier said. “Wishing you the very best in your future sir.”

“John, I am sorry to hear this, and best of luck to you,” Munder said.

South Carroll High School senior Matthew Geiger hosted a roundtable discussion on April 23 with the candidates, though Stuehmeier had been unable to attend.

Voting will be held Monday at the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company Activities Building at 1008 Twin Arch Road.