Third ward Ypsilanti City Council candidate Adam Gainsley has dropped out of the race after information surfaced that he was convicted of a felony assault and disorderly conduct in 2011.
In a statement sent to WEMU, Gainsley said that, at this point, it is clear that even if he won a seat on council, he would not be able to serve effectively. So he is asking people not to vote for him.
Ed Golembiewski is the director of elections for the Washtenaw County Elections Department. He says at this point, it's too late to officially drop out of the race so Gainsley's name will appear on the ballot. And it will appear again on the November ballot if he is elected.
“The only way to withdraw to the best of our understanding in this particular case after having been nominated would be if the individual had moved from the district or become incapacitated in some way,” says Golembiewski.
If you voted for Gainsley through an absentee ballot and have not returned it, you can take it to your polling location, sign an affidavit and get a new ballot.
Gainsley was also convicted for operating a vehicle while impaired in 2009.
Voters in Ypsilanti's Third Ward who submitted an absentee ballot with Gainsley have until 4 p.m. on August 6th to change their ballot at the city clerk's office.
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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him email@example.com