Evesham Mayor Randy Brown announced he was withdrawing from his reelection race at a council meeting in the town Tuesday night.
Brown, a formerly a kicking consultant for the Baltimore Ravens, withdrew on the last day to do so. The Evesham Republican organization must replace him by Thursday. If they replace Brown with one of their slate’s council candidates, they will be allowed to fill that vacancy as well.
“We don’t know what the outcome is going to be or who is going to be on the ballot, but to lose basically the most recognizable name on the ballot — three-term incumbent — is a really big deal, not just for us but for the whole town because we actually have a chance to change things,” said Evesham Democratic Municipal chair Phil Warren. “We had a chance before. The campaign itself isn’t changing on the Democratic side. We now have an even closer race as far as we can tell.”
The loss will deal a heavy blow to Evesham Republicans. In addition to losing the most recognizable name on their slate, they’re losing one of their prolific fundraisers.
The vacancy could provide Democratic mayoral candidate Jaclyn Veasy and her slate of council candidates the boost needed to take over the town of roughly 45,000.