Candidate Leigh pulls out of mayor’s race

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Commercial real estate broker Tim Leigh announced today he is withdrawing from the Colorado Springs’ mayor’s race, saying the city needs someone who could make a “singular, full-time commitment” to the job and that he was sticking with real estate.

His decision leaves two candidates vying for the office: neighborhood advocate Dave Munger and defense contractor Buddy Gilmore.

Leigh revealed his decision in an email to supporters and others.

“I’ve learned that being a successful politician is a full-time job,” he said. “I already knew that being a successful Realtor is a full-time job. And when I launched the Tim Leigh train I had the misguided notion that I could do both (well) on a part-time basis. I’ve since learned that that is not possible.

“I’ve been told that I’m a very good Realtor/businessman and I think I’d be a very good mayor. The problem is, unless I want to lower my standard and become mediocre at both, I have to pick one. And at this juncture, I’m choosing to stick with what I know.”

Leigh did not rule out political office.

“I’ve discovered that it’s likely I’ll make my best contribution to our community in some capacity other than as mayor. And who knows what that means? Maybe an at-large city council seat or a membership on another community service board — we’ll have to see,” he said.