Updated October 14, 2021 - 5:05 pm
Henderson City Councilman Dan Stewart is dropping out of the city’s 2022 mayoral race.
He said in a statement Thursday that he reached the decision after “a great deal of thought, prayer and consideration.”
Stewart said his circumstances have changed since he started the process of running more than a year ago.
“Personal, family, professional, and even health concerns have made political commitments difficult to entertain,” he said in a statement. “These concerns have put a different perspective on the things I care about most. The timing is just not right for me to run for or serve as mayor.”
Last year, his campaign raised nearly $120,000, giving him an early fundraising lead over fellow council member Michelle Romero, who is also seeking the office. (This spring, Romero’s campaign spokeswoman said the councilwoman had been raising money all year. Campaign finance reports are not due until January.)
In announcing his decision to withdraw his candidacy, Stewart said he would be returning the money he raised.
Stewart said he plans to continue serving on the Henderson City Council. He was appointed to the council in 2017 and retained the Ward 4 seat by winning his election in 2019.
He also said he’d continue to work on a community school initiative he championed during his brief campaign for mayor.
Romero said Thursday that she respects Stewart, wishes him well and looks forward to continuing to work with him on the council to address issues they both care about, such as education.