It is not often that a candidate asks for voters not to vote for them, but Joyce Warshaw is asking just that.

On Thursday, Warshaw announced she will not be running for the USD 443 board of education and will be focusing on re-election as city commissioner.

However, the deadline to have her named removed from the board of education ballot has passed, so Warshaw is getting the word out regarding her campaign plans moving forward towards the November election.

"When I went to the county to complete my paperwork for the commission," she said, "there were not enough signed up for the school board to fill the empty positions.

"I signed up for both just in case enough candidates didn't sign up to fill one board or the other.

"Even though I would love to serve both entities, it is not practical to adequately serve the constituents.

"Since there is a sufficient number of candidates running for both boards now, I have decided to focus my campaign efforts towards the city commission.

"Where I have truly enjoyed serving the community."

Warshaw was named to the city commission in 2012 when the position was vacated by Michael Weece.

In 2015 she was elected mayor, becoming the third female mayor in the history of Dodge City.

The first was Nancy Trauer during the 1970s followed by Beryl Lowery.

"If I am blessed to be elected by the voters," she said, "I can have a broader impact on the community I love by serving on the city commission.

"I am extremely proud serving on the commission that is doing a ton of street work, including Central Avenue next year, and extending 6th Avenue.

"We've made huge strides in getting housing so businesses can expand, bringing the long sought after water park to fruition all while lowering the mill levy in 2018."

The projects Warshaw would like to see all the way through if re-elected is the methane project, the extension of Comanche Street to connect to the casino and a solid Essential Air Service to Dodge City  Regional Airport since the announcement of PenAir to close their Denver hub has taken place.

"We are still working with the FAA on getting the best EAS for the community," she said. "Corey (Keller) is working hard on that."

Warshaw recently retired as the principal of Miller Elementary in 2017 after a 27-year career in education, with the last 18 years being the principal.

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