"It was a difficult decision to pull out of the race but at the time my children needed me at their side more then I needed to campaign for Mayor." When asked what changed his mind, Rowland replied, "I've had a number of people tell me they were going to write my name in anyway. Without being registered as a ‘write-in,’ their vote wouldn't have counted. I feel it's absolutely essential that everyone has a voice when it comes to our democratic process. Most importantly, things are much better at home. My family couldn't be more excited I'm running again."
Across the nation, successful write-in campaigns have been few and far between. Only a handful have succeeded in securing the position they where running for. When asked what strategy Rowland might use to overcome the challenges inherit to a write-in campaign, he replied, "Work hard, encourage people to vote and keep the campaign honest."
Rowland continues, "This summer has reminded me how incredible our city is. If there's one thing the Unplugged program has taught me is that when our community rallies together, anything is possible. I'm excited to continue coming up with programs like Unplugged. I'm excited to give voters another choice."
Early voting begins October 22 and will run through November 1 with the official election day being Tuesday, November 5.