Updated 3:07 p.m.
Robert J. Elder, one of three Republican-endorsed candidates running for City Council next month, has dropped out of the race.
Elder notified Niagara Falls Republican Committee Chairwoman Patricia Castillo Tuesday afternoon via text message, Castillo said.
Elder told The Buffalo News today he was dropping out for personal reasons.
Elder will remain on the ballot with six other candidates:
Kristen M. Grandinetti, Andrew P. Touma and Charles A. Walker on the Democratic line; Touma and Grandinetti also will be on the Working Families line.
Vincent M. Sandonato and Russell F. Vesci remain on the GOP line, and will also be on the Independence and Conservative lines. Sandonato also has the Green Party and Working Families lines.
Samuel F. Fruscione is on the Conservative and Independence lines.
Grandinetti, Fruscione and Walker are the incumbents.
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