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Mayoral candidate now says he'll stay in race

Mar 9, 2010 4:40:00 PM - thestate.com
Gary L. Myers Jr., a retired Army officer, said this afternoon he will stay in the mayor?s race despite owing back taxes to the IRS.

Myers contemplated withdrawing from the race today after The State newspaper questioned a 2004 bankruptcy in which court papers said he owed $74,466 in back taxes to the IRS.

Myers, who is not considered a frontrunner in the race, first said he would drop out if the story was written. About an hour later, he said he was consulting with family and friends who encouraged him to run for office. But by 4:30 p.m., Myers said he was sticking with his campaign.

"God knows if this is an opportunity for my city to move forward I can?t run (away) now," he said. "This has nothing to do with me running the city."

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