Democratic candidate Nate Wooley announced Wednesday that he plans to withdraw from the race for Marietta City Council at-large, which will temporarily narrow the slate to three candidates vying for the three at-large seats on council.
But the local Democratic Central Committee chairman says another candidate will be appointed to take Wooley's place on the November ballot.
"It's a bit frustrating," Wooley said. "If elected I think I could have done some good things for the city-to help bring the community together. I regret that I won't be able to do that now."
Wooley, 44, said he's withdrawing from the race because the company who employs his wife is transfering her to the firm's Charleston, S.C., office.
"We literally found out about this on Friday," he said. "So I'll be spending the next few weeks looking for housing in the Charleston area and getting ready to move."
The Wooleys came to Marietta from the Washington, D.C, area nearly eight years ago.
"I initially came to work for Bird Watcher's Digest," Wooley said, noting that the couple had decided to move to Marietta to get away from the hectic metropolitan life.
"We also moved here to have a better place to raise our two kids," he said. "We've made some great friends and really love Marietta. But this move is opening a new chapter in our lives."