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After losing primary, Tanoury withdraws from Council race

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Nearly two weeks after losing the Democratic primary for Utica's 2nd Ward Common Council seat, Larry Tanoury, Jr. withdrew Saturday from the general election race.

Tanoury still has the Working Families and Independence Parties lines for the general election. However, Tanoury has announced that he will not be actively campaigning.

David Testa won the Democratic primary with about 58% of the vote. He will go on to face Republican Rebecca King in November's general election.

Tanoury says, “This campaign was never about me, it was about the people of the 2nd ward. It’s extremely important that we elect a person that knows the issues facing West Utica and has the ability to address them. Mr. Testa ran an outstanding campaign and I’m very proud of the campaign we ran. In a political atmosphere where we’ve seen too many races degenerate into personal attacks, I’m proud that this campaign was run with the highest level of respect on both sides. I thank everyone for their support and promise to stay engaged in the community. However, the likelihood of winning on a minor party line is minimal, and I refuse to be a spoiler in this race. West Utica deserves better and we’ll work to make sure we elect an independent candidate that will serve the 2nd Ward proud.”

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