Candidate drops out of council race |

Candidate drops out of council race

Sara Thompson

John Spinola withdrew from the South Lake Tahoe City Council race on Friday. But because the filing period ended already, he cannot take his name off the ballot.

“I’m asking people not to vote for me,” Spinola said.

Spinola stated his withdrawal in the comment space on the Tribune Web site. He linked to his MySpace page, where he listed seven reasons for his change of heart. (Also, see in Opinion.)

His No. 1 reason was that he did not have the time to commit to the position, stating he thought the position entailed 10 to 15 hours per week. Now, he knows “to really get involved would be 20 to 25 hours if not more.”

At the end of his statement, Spinola thanked those who signed his nomination papers and apologized for not following through.

Spinola and his wife own a small business, A Couple’s Choice, that offers ministry and photography services for weddings.

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His departure leaves six candidates in the running for two City Council seats in the Nov. 4 election.