Citing multiple family issues, Brookhaven Mayor Rebecca Chase Williams today announced she is ending her election campaign.
Williams, who was appointed Mayor when former Mayor J. Max Davis resigned to run for a vacant seat in the State House of Representatives, was finishing the unexpired portion of Davis’ term and qualified to run for Mayor on her own, seeking election to a four-year term. But Williams’ campaign had gotten off to a slow start while she recovered from kidney surgery, and had to make funeral arrangements for her mother, who passed away in August.
Last week, her husband Dick Williams broke his femur as the result of a fall, which required hip replacement surgery that will take several weeks of physical therapy to ensure a full recovery. Williams said she would not be able to care for her husband and carry out her duties as Mayor while running a campaign.
“My first priority is to take care of my family, especially my husband of 36 years,” Williams said. “I have responsibilities as the Mayor that I will not set aside. That means that campaigning would become the lowest priority, and I owe my supporters more than that. If I can’t make my campaign my first priority, I can’t really ask voters and supporters to do so. That’s why I’m ending my campaign.”