Former television journalist Ron Futrell says he won't run for the Las Vegas Ward 2 City Council seat vacated by former Councilman Steve Wolfson.
Futrell, 55, had been among several people who declared an interest in the seat after the Clark County Commission appointed Wolfson to the job of District Attorney, replacing former DA David Roger who left for a job with the Las Vegas Police Protective Association.
But Futrell's role as the highest profile conservative to declare interest was eclipsed Thursday when former legislator Bob Beers, a Republican and fiscal conservative, announced he would run for the seat.
Initially Futrell said he planned to stay in the race but on Saturday said he was changing his mind.
"I just think that we would be competing for the same conservative vote and it's more important for me to have a conservative in that position," Futrell said.
In addition to Beers, 52, several others have declared an interest in the seat, which will be decided by a special election scheduled March 20.
The list includes: Bob Chinn, 53, a retired Las Vegas Metro captain, Anthony Ruggiero, 47, special assistant to Mayor Pro Tem and Ward 4 Councilman Stavros Anthony, attorney Bruce Gale, 57, planning commissioner Ric Truesdell, 57, and former Congressional District 1 candidate Craig Lake, 28, and community activist Donna Toussaint, 65.
The position has a salary of $72,742.
Ward 2, which covers the southwest part of the city roughly from U.S. Highway 95 in the north to Sahara Avenue in the south and Las Vegas Boulevard in the east to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in the west.
The winner will serve until June, 2013, which is the end of what was Wolfson's term.
Early voting is scheduled for March 15-16.
People wishing to run for the seat can file for candidacy Tuesday or Wednesday at the new City Hall, 495 S. Main St.