DeKALB – Michael "Max" Maxwell, a candidate for Ward 6 alderman, has withdrawn from the April 4 election, leaving his opponent, Mike Verbic, unopposed.
"I announce this with a heavy heart, however, I don't feel I will be able to commit myself to the position properly," Maxwell said in a written statement to the Daily Chronicle. "Over the last four months, I have attempted to dedicate 10 to 20 hours a week aside for campaigning and have concluded it is simply untenable against my work and travel schedule."
He added that due to the amount of travel he does for work, he would only be able to attend one of the next five candidate forums and it would be irresponsible of him to continue.
Verbic, a former president of the District 428 school board, said that his campaign plans would not change leading up to election day.
“I wish [Maxwell] and his family all the best and I hope he considers serving his community in another way in the future,” Verbic said. “My plans are to continue with all of the events, visiting people door to door and all else we had scheduled for up until the election.”
Verbic will take the seat left by current Ward 6 Alderman Dave Baker.
"My most sincere thanks to all those who have supported, guided and educated me along the way," Maxwell said. "I implore everyone to vote in this election and continue to be active participants in your city government. There has never been a more critical time to collectively work together to preserve and improve our city."