Riehl drops out of Chapel Hill race
Jonathan Riehl cited medical reasons for his decision to drop out of the race for a seat on the Chapel Hill Town Council.
“It’s literally under doctor’s orders,” said Riehl, a communications consultant who teaches at Wake Technical Community College, in an interview Wednesday. “It’s a medical issue that came up and I can’t do it at this time.”
Riehl left the door open for a future run at elected office.
“I think there may come a time in the future where I might run again,” Riehl said.
It was unclear Wednesday whether Riehl dropped out in time to have his name removed from the ballot. The ballots have been sent to the printer firm but officials where unsure if they have been printed.
Riehl’s departure leaves nine candidates in the race vying for four seats on the Town Council.
The remaining candidates include Gary Kahn, Maria T. Palmer, Paul Neebe, Loren Hintz, Amy Ryan, George Cianciolo, Mayor Pro Tem Ed Harrison, Councilwoman Sally Greene and newcomer Dante “D.C.” Swinton.
Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt is running unopposed in his reelection bid.
Residents have until Oct. 11 to register to vote in the Nov. 5 municipal election.
Early voting will be available Oct. 17 -Nov. 2.