City Councilor Hanke Withdraws from Election
On Wednesday evening, Sheridan City Council Vice President Erin Hanke sent an email to members of the press announcing her withdrawal from the election.
The email is a copy of a message Hanke sent to her supporters. In it, she explains that a career opportunity with the University of Northern Colorado led to her decision.
Councilor Hanke faced controversy in the community over her support of water fluoridation, and Mayor Roger Miller personally called for her to be voted out over fluoride and other issues.
The full text of her letter appears below:
Thank you for your support for my candidacy on City Council. Your encouragement has been invaluable, and I’m grateful for the faith you placed in me.
I’ve been offered a remarkable opportunity to launch and manage the new University of Northern Colorado (UNC) Performing Arts Center. While it was a difficult decision, I have accepted this new post and will officially begin in early 2019.
Since I will be moving in a few months, I have decided to withdraw from the election. I wish fellow councilors and City of Sheridan staff the very best as they consider a number of very important issues and exciting opportunities. Great things are ahead for this community.
I am sincerely grateful to the volunteers and donors who supported my candidacy. All campaign contributions will be refunded.
Serving as director of Whitney Center for the Arts and as a member of city council has been an honor. My time in Sheridan has provided some of the great experiences of my life. I am sad to leave this community and the many friends and colleagues that have made these years so special.