The April 2014 race for Wentzville's ward 1 just got a little less crowded. The New Wentzvillian learned of this possibility a day or so ago, but wanted to confirm it with Mr. Webber himself.
". . . I am withdrawing from the race for personal reasons mainly with my family and time constraints," said Webber in a message sent directly to the New Wentzvillian.
The development of a two-man race should mean that the two remaining candidates do not need to worry about a diluted vote count. Conventional wisdom is that a multi-candidate ballot (three or more) is tougher to assess than a simple two-person race. It's now possible that key relationships, hard work, and candidate histories can play more critical roles in voter decisions.
UPDATE 12:00 a.m. Midnight 1-29-14, Candidate Robert Hussey messagesd the New Wentzvillian with the following regarding Webber's exit: "I love it . . . He would've been a strong candidate. And quite frankly, it takes a little stress off me not to have to go up against him. I respect his decision."
UPDATE 5:00 p.m. 1-29-14, Candidate Forrest Gossett just now emailed the New Wentzvillian the following message: "Jay ran a great campaign in the 2012 election where we each focused on issues. I respect his decision. Family comes first. I hope he continues to serve our citizens as a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission."