Blackburn says he is withdrawing from Dalton school board race; name will remain on the ballot

Dalton attorney David Blackburn says he is dropping out of the race for a seat on the Board of Education.

"I'm definitely withdrawing," he said.

Blackburn hasn't officially filed the paperwork to withdraw but says he plans to do so by Friday.

Blackburn said he is withdrawing for "personal reasons" but did not elaborate.

Blackburn and attorney Sam Sanders were challenging incumbent Pablo Perez in the Nov. 5 election for the seat on the school board. With Blackburn's withdrawal, that leaves the race a two-man contest between Perez and Sanders.

"If he (Blackburn) does withdraw his candidacy his name will appear on the ballot because the database and cards have been created," said Whitfield County Registrar Mary Hammontree. "His name will not show on the reports on Election Night as he will be checked on the reporting side as being withdrawn. There will be a notice posted at all precincts and in the absentee ballots with the information of the candidates that have withdrawn and what happens if they cast a ballot for the candidate."

The final day to register to vote for that election is Monday. Early voting in the Dalton, Cohutta  and Varnell municipal elections starts Monday, Oct. 14, in the elections office at the Whitfield County Courthouse.

In Dalton, in addition to the Perez-Sanders race for school board, former mayor David Pennington is challenging Mayor Dennis Mock.

In Cohutta, incumbents J. Shane Kornberg and Shelia Rose, businessman Nicholas Conner, and former Cohutta police chief Andy Lopez are running for Town Council. The two candidates with the most votes among those four will be elected to the council.

Two seats on the Varnell City Council are being contested. Seat 3 incumbent David Owens faces Sandy Pangle. Seat 5 incumbent Bob Roche faces Richard Lowe.

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