Kristianna Upchurch, a Democrat who was running for the Kokomo Common Council’s 6th District seat, has withdrawn her candidacy.

Howard County Clerk Debbie Stewart announced Thursday at an Election Board meeting that Upchurch had filed a candidate withdrawal document one day earlier.

Upchurch, the executive director of Howard County Project Access and a member of the Kokomo Human Rights Commission, was set to challenge incumbent Republican councilman Tom Miklik on November ballots. Upchurch ran unopposed in the primary election.

Upchurch did not respond when the Tribune reached out for comment.

"We appreciate Kristianna's willingness to step forward as a candidate for public office and we understood when she decided to withdrawal from the race,” Kathy Skiles, Howard County Democratic Party Chairwoman. “We know that she is committed to Kokomo and her community. We look forward to working with her in the future.”

According to Indiana law, a candidate vacancy must be filled within 30 days of the vacancy occurring by caucus or appointment by a county chair or central committee.

Skiles said any District 6 Democrats who have an interest in running should contact party officials as soon as possible. As of Friday, no one has expressed interest.

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