Steven Testerman has withdrawn his candidacy for Bel Air Town Commissioner, leaving five candidates in the race with Election Day three weeks away.
Testerman told The Dagger that he withdrew from the race to support two of the remaining challengers, Greg Adolph and Richard Davis. They, along with challenger David Mitchell, will face incumbents David Carey and Robert Preston on Nov. 3.
“I joined the race because I firmly believed Preston and Carey had done their thing, and I wanted their seat,” Testerman said. “But we’ve got two good candidates with Davis and Adolph and I just thought I’d step back.”
Technically, no candidate can officially remove their name from the ballot once the filing deadline has passed. But Testerman said he would push all support and votes for him to Adolph and Davis.
Testerman said he is “thinking about” the countywide elections next year, but said he had no specific plans to run for office at this time.
Testerman’s withdraw comes a week and a half before a candidates forum, to be held at Bel Air Town Hall on Monday, Oct. 26. at 7 p.m. and moderated by The Dagger. Adolph, Carey, Davis, and Preston have said they will attend; Mitchell said he will be unable to attend due to work obligations.