Alomar Davenport

Alomar Davenport won the Mansfield City Council 4th Ward seat on Tuesday.

MANSFIELD -- Mansfield City Council 4th Ward candidate Alomar Davenport announced Thursday he has suspended his campaign, but will remain a candidate.

The 42-year-old Democrat made the campaign suspension announcement on his Facebook page.

"I will remain on the ballot as I am the duly elected candidate (having won the May primary). For the first time in decades, the people of the 4th Ward have options in a general election and I will not take that away from them," Davenport told Richland Source.

"I still believe I am the most qualified candidate, however in an effort to give the people of the 4th Ward time to process all that has happened and make an informed decision, I have decided to halt all active campaign activities," he said.

"This came at a time when a family issue forced me out of town and I will remain away until the people have made their decision," Davenport said.

In his Facebook post, Davenport was critical of media reports of his encounter with Mansfield police when he was found sleeping in his vehicle on Sunday just before 5 a.m. in a no-parking zone. He was not cited and was released with a warning.

"Our democracy is all about the people and all along I have said this is about the 4th Ward reclaiming a Collective Voice," Davenport wrote in his Facebook post. "Maybe energizing the Ward was all I was meant to do. ... So at this point I will leave it all in the hands of God and allow him to show me what I am supposed to do next. Until then, peace be upon you."

Davenport, who defeated incumbent Walden "Butch" Jefferson in May in the Democratic primary, will be the only name on the 4th Ward ballot on Nov. 5.

However, Brenda Collins, 44, of 469 Howard St., and Gerald Strouth, 65, of 516 Bryden Road, both are running as write-ins in the 4th Ward, largely representing the city's north side.

The decision by Collins and Strouth to enter the race came after Davenport was ticketed by Mansfield police after a highly-publicized traffic stop on Aug. 15 for driving with a suspended license and an improper right turn.

During the incident, the officers pulled their guns, though never raised them, when they mistook a silver pen in the console of Davenport's vehicle for the slide of a handgun. The incident led to two public meetings on how to improve police-community relations.

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