Former mayor withdrawing bid for council

Former city mayor and councilman Bill Schirf, who is on the Republican primary ballot as a council candidate, plans to withdraw.

“I want to spend more time with my family,” Schirf said. “I just reconsidered.”

Among the reasons, according to Schirf: He became a grandfather in February and became chairman of the Altoona Water Authority in January.

Schirf won election for council in 2005, then for mayor in 2009, but didn’t run for re-election as mayor in 2013, because his wife, Kathy, was ill, and he needed to take over homemaking duties, he said when announcing his recent candidacy.

At the time of that recent announcement, he said Kathy’s health had improved, and he’d like to try for council for one or two more terms.

Also on the Republican ballot are incumbents Michael Haire, Dave Butterbaugh, Christie Jordan and Matt Cacciotti, former Councilman Bruce Kelley and Ron Adams.

Natalie Barlick-Reed is running in the Democratic primary.

Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 949-7038.

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