ST. GEORGE – The race for Mayor of Cedar City just tightened from four candidates to three. Bryan Hyde declared his candidacy last week but said he officially withdrew from the running this morning.
Hyde said he knew he had some obstacles to overcome but ultimately he was forced to choose between his primary sources of income and remaining a candidate.
“Cedar City has the advantage of being an exeptionally well-run municipality,” Hyde said. “My hope is that the new mayor will be able to maintain and build upon that momentum.”
The remaining candidates are: Holly Porter, Maile Wilson and John Black.
“I’m sad,” candidate Porter said of Hyde’s withdrawal, “because if anyone’s willing to put themselves out there, they deserve a fair run.”
Porter ran for Cedar City Council two years ago, and though she did not win that race she said she has been involved in a lot of city committees and organizations in Iron County and Cedar City over the years. She said she aged 20 years in 3 months last time she ran and respects anyone who is willing to stick their neck out there and run.
“I think it was better to have two guys and two girls, honestly,” Porter said, of the 2013 Mayoral race; but, she said that with Hyde’s withdrawal one woman is sure to make it through the primary: “I don’t think a woman’s ever made it through the primaries – it’s time.”
Attempts by St. George News to reach Wilson and Black for comment this morning were unsuccessful.
St. George News resumes twice-weekly publication of Bryan Hyde’s Perspectives column.
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