Glen D. Lawson has removed himself from the race for Hamburg’s next mayor.

“This has been a very difficult decision,” he said in an open letter to Ashley County Election Commission in which he requested his name be removed from the June 8 ballot. 

Lawson cited an “ongoing personal problem” that is “not likely to go away” before the election.

“If elected, I would not be able to devote the time and attention to the citizens of Hamburg that this position requires and deserves,” he said. “I most seriously apologize to my supporters.”

Lawson was the first of the candidates to announce his intention to run for the seat vacated by late Mayor Dane Weindorf, who died in February.

The race is now between remaining candidates Keith Long and David Streeter.

Long’s professional background is in the manufacturing industry, working for Georgia Pacific and Alrez. The University of Arkansas-Monticello’s College of Technology-Crossest (UAM-CTC) currently employs him as an advanced manufacturing instructor.

Streeter has worked in the timber industry but has spent the majority of his professional career in education, teaching for 10 years at Hamburg High School and spending 16 years in educational leadership positions. 

He is currently the Director of Student Services and Affairs at UAM-CTC.

Whoever is elected to the position will serve through Dec. 31, 2022, and will be eligible to seek re-election to the office.

Election Day voting will be from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and in the event of a run-off the run-off election will use the same voting hours on June 29.

Early voting for the special election will be June 1 to 4 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and will continue during the same hours on June 7. City Clerk Peggy Akers is currently serving as acting mayor, and will continue to do so until a winner is certified in the election, which will be June 8.