Write-in candidate ends mayoral campaign

Write-in candidate Kurt Ricks, who declared his intent to run for Blackfoot mayor on Monday, decided to drop out of the race on Wednesday.
Ricks said that after consulting with his financial advisor, it was decided that he didn't have the means to back up a campaign with the needed advertising to make the campaign a success.
He also said he was disappointed that the Blackfoot Rotary Club did not invite him to a candidates luncheon on Tuesday - the day that an article ran in the Morning News announcing his candidacy.
"There are a lot of influential men in the race," he said. "Hopefully, the best man will win who can address Blackfoot's many problems," he said.
Six candidates will officially be on the ballot in November for the position of Blackfoot mayor. They are Dan Cravens, Rick Bigler, Carlos Mercardo, Carlos Martinez, Paul Loomis and John Hoobler.
Write-in candidates can still file to run for the position before Oct. 8 The deadline for candidates to withdraw from any local political races is today.