Ed Ridpath, who was seeking re-election to the Fuquay-Varina Board of Commissioners, resigned his seat this weekend.
“It is with great regret I resign as a member of the Fuquay-Varina Town Board of Commissioners, effective immediately,” Ridpath said in an email to Mayor John Byrne.
Ridpath added Tuesday in a voicemail message, “I have resigned to attend to private family matters. I have no further comment.”
The town posted a note on its website Monday that the town board had accepted his resignation.
Byrne said Tuesday afternoon that Ridpath didn’t speak with him before resigning, nor had they spoken since.
“He has resigned from the board, and that’s about all I know,” Byrne said.
Ridpath’s bio and contact information have since been removed from the town’s website, replaced by the word “vacant.” His town email account also has been shut down.
Ridpath, who works at IBM, was finishing up his first term on the town board. He was elected in 2011.
The town board hasn’t announced how it will fill his seat until December, when the term expires, or whether it will remain open until November’s election.
There are six other candidates running for three seats, including incumbents Charlie Adcock and William Harris.
Although Ridpath resigned, his name will still appear on the Nov. 3 ballot. The deadline for removing any candidate’s name already has passed, according to the Wake County Board of Elections.
Byrne said he would be against naming any of the candidates to Ridpath’s seat for the next few months. But if someone is interested in only holding the office for a short term, Byrne said he and the rest of the board might consider it.
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