PLEASANTON -- City Council hopeful Mike Harris announced Wednesday that he is dropping his campaign due to a new job opportunity.
Harris, a software engineer, will be moving to Colorado for work.
In an email sent to his fellow candidates as well as to Pleasanton City Manager Nelson Fialho, Harris said he will still be on the November ballot because it is too late to make changes but that he cannot serve as a council member if elected.
"If I am elected, I will be required to resign," he said in the email.
With Harris' campaign suspension, the three remaining council candidates -- Karla Brown, Jerry Pentin and Erlene DeMarcus -- are still in the running.
Two seats are up for the taking, and it is most likely there will also be a special election after the new year to fill the seat that will be vacated when either incumbent Jerry Thorne or incumbent Cheryl Cook-Kallio is elected mayor.
"It's too bad I won't be able to particpate. ... I could, but it won't be as meaningful," Harris said. "I had considered continuing on with the campaign, but I don't want to get people's hopes up or anything."
Thorne said Harris' campaign suspension would not affect the race for mayor.
City Council candidate Brown said she was disappointed to hear Harris had suspended his campaign, and that running for office takes a big commitment.
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