Two Mansfield candidates withdraw

MANSFIELD -- A week after qualifying wrapped, two candidates in Mansfield have already dropped out of their respective races.

Chris Fulmer, who qualified to run for mayor, and Theresa Smallwood, who qualified for Post 2 on the City Council, both said Friday they are pulling out because they can't devote the time needed to the job.

"It is with care and concern for the people of Mansfield that I withdraw from the race for city mayor.After evaluating current commitments to work and church, it seems I would not have enough time to be all that a mayor should be. It would have been a privilege to work with the good people of the City Council, and to have served in this office," Fulmer said.

Fulmer's decision leaves Estona Middlebrooks as the only mayoral candidate. Current Mayor William Cocchi is not seeking re-election.

Smallwood, who qualified to run against incumbent Helen Robertson for Post 2 on the City Council said she struggled over her decision but ultimately decided it was best to withdraw.

"I have given much thought to this decision, but ultimately I feel it's best if I withdraw from the Mansfield City Council race for Post 2," Smallwood said. "I'm unsure I would be able to devote the time and attention the position requires and deserves. However, I would like to become more involved in community activities such as beautification, fall festivals or whatever the City Council chooses to sponsor. I believe Mansfield is a wonderful town and can benefit by having more community involvement from all of our citizens."

Smallwood's husband Marty has qualified for the Post 1 seat.