Educator Gail Francis has withdrawn from the mayoral race and is now supporting Larry Grohn.

“I had the opportunity to meet and speak to Councilman Grohn and believe that the issues that are important to me, issues that pushed me into this race, are issues that Councilman Grohn is standing on,” Francis said in a prepared statement. “It is time for change in our city. It is time for action and a new direction. I am proud to support Councilman Grohn and look forward to working with him in his campaign.”

With less than three months to the March 7 election, Grohnsaid he’s continuing to look toward the future and call for more accountability and ethics in the mayoral office.

He also said in a prepared statement:


I am honored to have the support of Mrs. Francis. She has been known throughout this community for many years, and I know this will not be the last time her name makes the headlines. Mrs. Francis’ insight and intellect on issues will be an asset as we continue to move forward. Mrs. Francis sits on many boards in our community, she does great work at the Orange Grove Center, and [she] has a heart that loves our inner city and the drive to see the change we need. After we spoke today, I was humbled when Mrs. Francis joined our campaign today.

With Francis out of the contest, incumbent Andy Berke has three challengers: Grohn, David Crockett and Chris Long.

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