Groves challenger withdraws from mayor’s runoff
Suzanne Williamson, who finished second in the Groves mayoral race last week and was expected to face longtime Mayor Brad P. Bailey in a runoff, pulled out of the race on Monday.
“After sitting with the election results for almost a week to carefully think about and digest them, I have decided to withdraw my name from the ballot,” she wrote in a post on her Facebook page.
Williamson trailed Bailey by 101 votes in the Nov. 6 general election.
She said the majority of registered voters in Groves didn’t vote, leading her to believe that they “prefer to stay with what they have.”
“It would not be right for me to continue on with a campaign when I now believe that the achievable vision I was working under based on what I thought was possible I no longer see for me based on last Tuesday’s results,” she wrote.
Bailey, mayor since 2000, did not return a request for comment Monday evening.
A third candidate in the race, Kaelan Ramos, 21, could not be reached.
Williamson became a regular at Groves City Council meetings earlier this year after her home almost flooded after Tropical Storm Harvey. She later headed a Facebook page called “Keep Groves Beautiful” that she updates with photographs of debris-clogged ditches and drains.
The agenda for this week’s Groves City Council meeting includes swearing in for Bailey and other elected officials. City Clerk Kimbra Lowery said no runoff election had been scheduled.