Aberdeen City council Margo Shortt is withdrawing from the election to retain her council seat over health concerns. Shortt said near the end of the city council meeting last night, “I spent 7 days of the last 2 and a half weeks in the hospital. Among other things I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to withdraw from my race [for] my city council seat. I am no longer campaigning.”

“I, at this time, have no plans to vacate my seat before the end of December but we’ll see how it goes.”

Shortt steps down too late to be removed from ballots of the August Primary. The Ward 4 Aberdeen city council seat is also challenged by Deborah Ross and Tara Mareth.