By Rebecca Palmer and Tom Busselberg
FARMINGTON — Mayoral candidate John C. Bowker, Jr. has withdrawn from the race because he got a new job.
“Even though the position of Mayor for Farmington City might be classified as a part time position, in order to serve as mayor effectively, it requires more time, probably full time,” he wrote in a letter to the city. “After evaluating the demands of my new employment, and that of the office of Mayor, I see that I would not be able to devote as much time to serving the citizens of Farmington as I would like to give, because of time commitments to my new full time employment. I owe it to my employer and to my family, to focus on my new employment.”
Bowker will take a job with California-based Internet technology company Cisco Systems, Inc., according to a press release from his campaign. He will live in Farmington and work from a Utah office.
"Bowker plans to remain involved in the community affairs in Farmington," the release reads.
Beyond stepping down, Bowker threw his support behind the man who had been his competitor, City Councilman Jim Talbot. Because there were only two candidates running, Talbot is the de facto winner.
“As I withdraw my candidacy, I take comfort in knowing that Farmington City will a have dedicated and qualified leader as its Mayor,” Bowker wrote.
The former candidate also endorsed Doug Anderson, Jeff Steele and Brigham Mellor in the city council races.
The county has yet to receive official word from Bowker, and officials said it was too late to remove his name from printed ballots. However, his name is expected to be removed from electronic ballots.
Early voting for the general election begins Oct. 22 and runs through Nov. 1 and general election day is Nov. 5.