Allen Stebbins has withdrawn from the race for Woodstock mayor, cutting the field of candidates in that election to three.
Stebbins, a graphic designer, said he dropped out of the race because he feared a potential conflict of interest would force him to recuse himself from some City Council votes.
“I thought that we have enough council members that have to recuse themselves from votes because of conflicts of interest,” Stebbins said. He would not specify the source of the potential conflict but said it is related to his business.
Stebbins withdrew from the mayoral race Jan. 10, in time to ensure his name will not appear on the ballot.
“Part of the decision to move quickly on this was that I had people wanting to donate to my campaign and wanting to volunteer, and I thought that was really unethical to lead people on,” Stebbins said.
Stebbins previously served as a member and eventual chair of the city’s Historic Preservation Commission. He said he has lived in Woodstock for about 30 years.
“I regret having to do it because I would have liked to have debated the mayor and the City Council members on what their future plans are for the city,” Stebbins said. “ … For me, a big concern is the home-rule issue. Not that I think that home rule is a bad thing, but we don’t really know what they want to do with it.”
Remaining on the ballot for the mayoral race are incumbent Mayor Brian Sager, local business owner Gregg Hanson and McHenry County Board member Michael Rein.