Salina City Commissioner Jon Blanchard announced Thursday that is he withdrawing from the City Commission election set to take place later this year.
Blanchard, who also previously served as the Mayor of Salina, announced intentions to run for a second term in April. He said Thursday that a career opportunity will now force him to move outside of Kansas.
Blanchard said in a statement: “Today, I am withdrawing my name for consideration for city commission in the upcoming election, as I will be unable fulfill the requirements to hold office should I be re-elected. Following the expiration of my term in January 2018, I will be relocating out of state to take advantage of career opportunities.
Serving the residents of Salina on the city commission has been an honor. I have consistently and diligently carried out my duties fully aware of the trust placed in me by the voters. Over the past 4 plus years I have maintained perfect attendance and have endeavored to act in the best interest of the public and for our shared vision of the future. While I look forward to new adventures, I will certainly look back fondly, with gratitude, for the opportunity that I have been given to spend time with family, meet new friends and serve the greater good.
My touchstone as a leader has, and will continue to be: Successful communities elect leaders who place the public interest above personal financial gain and ‘Special’ interests. We must elect ethical individuals with the ability to steer clear of ‘conflicts of interest’ in order to preserve public trust, provide transparency, and guarantee an equal opportunity to all.”