concede the race to Craddick.
I came in second by a pretty big margin. Since then, I have examined the May 18 election data in great detail, and while I appreciate the opportunity to be in the runoff, I do not see a realistic or acceptable path to victory.
Past history in similar local elections suggests to me that being competitive in November would require a massive amount of money and a toxic negative campaign. Setting aside the unrealistic amount of money required (though that's a huge challenge), I have no interest in running a desperate and personally negative campaign against a good person on issues that are not at the core of why I ran. So while there may indeed be a long-shot path to victory in theory, there isn't one that works for me in reality. This campaign started with integrity, and that is how it will end.