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Mayor Steve Williams withdraws from Congressional race

HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) - Mayor Steve Williams has announced that he is withdrawing from the West Virginia third district congressional district race. 

In a statement, Mayor Williams says that Huntington needs and deserves a full-time mayor who's focused on nothing but those challenges (the depths of the opioid crisis).

 

FULL STATEMENT:

While the response to my campaign to represent the third congressional district in Congress has been overwhelming, I have decided to withdraw my candidacy in order to focus completely on my position as the Mayor of Huntington, West Virginia.

By re-electing me in 2016, the voters of Huntington put their trust in me to continue to build on the progress that we made during my first term. I’m proud that we’ve turned around the city’s finances, grown the budget, and increased the pace of downtown revitalization. I’m also incredibly proud of the $3 million award we received for the economic development initiatives within the Huntington Improvement Project and the national attention that came with it. However, while we’ve accomplished much, many challenges remain.

The depths of the opioid crisis, and the recent incidents of drug-related violence in December of last year, underscore the fact that Huntington needs and deserves a full-time Mayor who’s focused on nothing but those challenges. That’s what the voters elected me to do, and that’s what my heart tells me I must do.

To everyone who supported my campaign, you have my undying gratitude. I cannot begin to tell you how much your support has meant to me. Please know that this is the right decision for me as a candidate, it is the responsible decision for me as Mayor, and it is the right decision for the City of Huntington. - Mayor Steve Williams


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