Roger Agnew, one of six candidates whose names will be on the ballot for Hays City Commission in November, announced Thursday afternoon he is withdrawing his candidacy.

His wife received an unexpected job offer that will result in the family relocating to Colorado. While his name will be on the official ballot, he said he realizes he is no longer a viable candidate due to their impending move.

“So much has changed in the last week that we couldn’t expect,” Agnew wrote in an email. “I have been so surprised by the support from the community I have received. Hays is an amazing city, and I hope going forward that the city continues to grow and be the best it could ever be.”

Agnew, 24, and his wife have an infant son, and he is employed with Taco Shop and the U.S. Army Reserves. He was the youngest candidate to announce his candidacy for the city election, which now will have five candidates vying for three open seats.

Agnew’s full statement is as follows:

“Due to some unforeseen circumstances that are both sad and exciting, I will be moving to Colorado and no longer running for Hays City Commission. My wife got a chance for a better job opportunity out of left field and it has come as a pleasant surprise! So much has changed in the last week that we couldn't expect.

“I have been so surprised by the support from the community I have received. Hays is an amazing city, and I hope going forward that the city continues to grow and be the best it could ever be.

“After some thought and discussion, I would like to endorse Shaun Musil moving forward as candidate for city commission. I do want to make it very clear Shaun had no influence on my action to withdraw or to relocate. He has been an outstanding leader for the community, and I think one of the best options moving forward to help the city grow and solve its problems.

“Again, thank you for everything you've done, Hays. Keep being outstanding and I'll see you around soon.”