City Commission of Arkansas City candidate Richard Humphrey is moving out of state later this year.

Richard Humphrey
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As a result, he has announced he will not be able to perform the obligations of office should he be elected this fall.

“I will not be living in Ark City, or Kansas, by the time I would take office (in January),” Humphrey said in an interview Thursday.

His name will remain on the ballot, however, and he expects to still be an Arkansas City resident as of the Nov. 7 election.

Humphrey said he checked with County Clerk Karen Madison, but learned there is no way for his name to be removed from the ballot now that the filing deadline has passed. “People should not vote for me,” he said.

Humphrey said there will be a statement released in the near future regarding his terminated candidacy.

His effective withdrawal from the race leaves five viable candidates for three positions — Kanyon Gingher, Timothy Perry, Milissa Robb, and incumbent Commissioners Jay Warren and Karen Welch.

The two highest vote-getters will receive four-year terms and the third-highest vote-getter will have a two-year term. The new terms will begin Jan. 8, 2018.

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