Caldwell City Councilman and mayoral Candidate John McGee is bowing out of the race for Caldwell Mayor.
McGee, who won about 22% of the vote, was scheduled to square off in a run-off election with Jarom Wagoner on November 30. Wagoner had a strong lead with 47% of the vote, but didn’t get the 50% or more votes needed to win the election, a requirement per Caldwell city code. McGee was the runner up.
“Councilman Wagoner ran a great race and received nearly 50% of the vote,” McGee said in a campaign news release. “The people of Caldwell have spoken and I believe that they would like Mr. Wagoner to be there next Mayor. It is in the best interest of the City of Caldwell to avoid a long, costly run-off.”
Caldwell city leaders are now trying to figure out how to move forward. Caldwell City Clerk Debbie Geyer is quoted in McGee’s news release saying, “For now, we need to initiate the run-off election process. At the same time, we are working with the City Attorney to determine how the withdrawal can avoid the need to continue that process and we support Mr. McGee’s effort to terminate the campaign.”
The Canyon County Elections Office is proceeding with the run-off unless it hears differently from the City of Caldwell, according to Canyon County spokesman Joe Decker. On Tuesday afternoon, a judge said he would let the city make the call, according to the Idaho Statesman.
Outgoing Caldwell Mayor Garret Nancolas decided not seek a seventh term. Nancolas has been in office since1997.