A candidate in a two-way race for the Ward 5 City Council seat has withdrawn, effectively ending the race for the Ward 5 seat.

Jessica Falconer has dropped out of the race against Paul Dean. The candidates were competing for the seat of two-term Councilor John Arrison, who did not seek re-election.

Ward 5 is the only election district in the city that lies entirely east of the Passagassawakeag River. Councilors must reside in their ward, but they are elected by voters from all wards and represent all city residents while sitting on the council.

Falconer, who has pushed for pedestrian safety improvements on Route 141, did not immediately respond to a voicemail message left by The Republican Journal and a message sent to her Facebook campaign page.

Falconer withdrew shortly before local ballots went to the printer, according to City Clerk Amy Flood, so her name will not appear on the ballot in November.

Dean, who previously served on the city's Comprehensive Plan Committee but was running for City Council for the first time, said he learned that he'd won from friends, including some former city officials, who meet at McDonald's in the morning.

"I'm a little surprised," he said Sept. 18. "I was kind of looking forward to a race."

The withdrawal leaves just one contested council race on the ballot.

Ward 2 Councilor Neal Harkness is seeking a third term against challenger Joanne Moesswilde. This is the first contested race for Harkness, who joined the council as the sole candidate for an open seat and was unopposed in his first re-election bid.

Ward 1 Councilor Mary Mortier is running unopposed for a fourth term.