Longtime West Richland resident Jay Bowman will not be accepting a position on the city council even though he won the election.
Bowman withdrew from the race for personal reasons shortly after filing, but it was past the deadline to have his name taken off the ballot.
Despite the fact that he did not campaign, Bowman received 51 percent of the vote, defeating his opponent, Johan Curtiss, who had about 48 percent.
Bowman said he and his family have lived in West Richland for 30 years, he had a business in the city and believes he likely won because voters recognized his name.
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He said Friday that he plans to notify City Clerk Julie Richardson that he will not be attending the Jan. 7 council meeting.
Richardson said the council will vote on advertising the position and take applications before an appointment is made.
Curtiss told the Herald on Friday she plans to apply for the opening.