Cole withdraws bid for City Council presidency

February 03, 2010

City Councilman William H. Cole IV has withdrawn his bid for the council president's seat, saying it is clear his opponent, Councilman Bernard C. "Jack" Young, has sufficient votes to win. Since it was announced that the current president, Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake, would become mayor upon the resignation of Sheila Dixon, Young has emerged as the front-runner, with at least nine of the 14 council members declaring their support. Some council members had complained that a "political machine" of developers and political leaders had tried to persuade them to vote for Cole, a freshman councilman. Cole said he was committed to helping the new mayor and council president succeed.

- Julie Scharper

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