Metro Councilman Michael Craddock ended his campaign for mayor Thursday, blaming lackluster fundraising.
In the last reporting period, Craddock raised just $14,000. Mayor Karl Dean, who is running for a second term, put together $200,000, giving him $500,000 on hand.
Craddock says the need for significant financial backing is “the harsh reality of politics.” The two-term councilman thanked those who did donate to his campaign, saying in a news release the contributions “were used to the best of my ability.”
Reached by phone, Craddock declined to comment further on the decision to withdraw. His exit leaves Mayor Dean without a well-known challenger. Election Day is August 4th.