WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) - Mayor Barb Holt, who became mayor of Walker in January to finish out Rob VerHeulen's term, has suspended her campaign for election and is endorsing a fellow commissioner for the position.
Holt announced Friday that because of health issues and her physician's recommendations, that should would suspend her campaign.
"I love the City of Walker and would very much like to govern as mayor into the distant future, but my current condition prevents me from giving 100% to the campaign. To stay in the race would be unfair to supporters and staff and to neglect my health concerns at this time would be unfair to me and my family. Therefore, as of today, I'm suspending my campaign," stated Holt in a press release.
Holt is endorsing Commissioner Mark Huizenga in his bid for mayor. Holt's name will remain on the ballot however.
"Mark will do a fine job working with an experienced commission and highly competent city staff. He has my support and I hope voters will cast their ballot for him come November," said Holt.
Holt was first elected to the Walker City Commission in 1995. She has served in various leadership roles including Mayor Pro Tem (9 years), Chairperson of the Rapid Board of Directors, Trustee of Michigan Municipal League Board of Trustees, and President of Michigan Woman in Municipal Government.
Barb will continue to serve as mayor until her successor assumes the post.