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Carroll to end Place 6 pursuit

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By Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe

Denton City Council candidate Brendan Carroll confirmed Friday that he intends to abandon his bid for the open Place 6 seat.

The move leaves Denton developer Greg Johnson, 45, owner of Verus Real Estate Advisors, as the only candidate for Place 6, although Carroll’s name will still appear on the ballot in the May 10 election because the deadline for removing it has passed.

Carroll, 44, first broke the news Thursday night on Facebook, writing that he didn’t mean to disappoint his supporters, but he was having trouble mustering enthusiasm for the campaign.

It was proving more difficult to get the momentum this go-round, he said late Friday afternoon.

“It was fun last year,” Carroll said. “This just wasn’t as much fun.”

Carroll ran last year against District 3 incumbent Jim Engelbrecht and lost. When council member James King announced that he would not be filing to run again for Place 6, Carroll said he thought the time was right to try again, even though he originally planned to wait until 2015 when Engelbrecht reached his term limits.

It’s difficult to run against an incumbent, Carroll said, but he also found it difficult to build momentum after Johnson announced his candidacy.

Johnson could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon.

Carroll skipped a key campaign event Friday morning — an interview with local real estate agents that often leads to significant support in the form of campaign contributions from the Texas Association of Realtors Political Action Committee — but he had not yet filed the paperwork to close out his campaign.

City Secretary Jennifer Walters said that the announcement comes too late for Carroll’s name to be removed from the ballot.

She said Carroll had e-mailed her Thursday afternoon to ask for details on how to withdraw from the race.

Three other races for the Denton council are contested.

Three candidates filed to replace outgoing Mayor Mark Burroughs: Jean Schaake, 70, an associate dean at the University of North Texas; Chris Watts, 52, an attorney and real estate developer; and radio host Donna Woodfork, 44. Burroughs has reached his term limit.

And for the at-large Place 5 seat, Dalton Gregory, 61, a retired elementary school principal and current city council member, will face local businesswoman Hatice Salih, 55. Place 5 incumbent Pete Kamp has also reached her term limits.

Also on the ballot will be a special election for the District 2 seat now held by Gregory. Two local businessmen — Glen Farris, 34, and John Ryan, 48 — have filed to replace Gregory, who has resigned his seat effective with the canvassing of the May 10 election, to run for Place 5.

PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881 and via Twitter at @phwolfeDRC.