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One candidate for mayor is dropping out of the race and endorsing a former opponent.

Andy Ringsmuth said Tuesday that he was ending his mayoral campaign.

"After prayerful consideration and consultation Monday evening with several trusted advisers, I have decided to not continue my campaign for mayor of Lincoln,” Ringsmuth said in a news release. “This was a challenging decision, but I know in my heart it is the right choice for my family and I at this time.”

The manager of facilities, technology and travel for News Link, a Lincoln-based publishing company, Ringsmuth had announced his candidacy in November. He cited his nonpartisan voter registration as a way to potentially bring people together, although he acknowledged at the time it could be a "challenging campaign" without the support of a political party.

He had said that if elected he would focus on the city budget, with an aim toward balancing financial needs with tax relief.

Having ended his campaign, Ringsmuth said he will throw his support behind Republican City Council member Cyndi Lamm.

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“Of all the candidates in the race, my beliefs, values and philosophies align closest with Cyndi,” he said in the news release. “I will enthusiastically support her and will work to make her the next mayor of Lincoln.”

Lamm is the only Republican seeking the officially nonpartisan mayor's office.

Other candidates are City Councilwoman Leirion Gaylor Baird and City Attorney Jeff Kirkpatrick, both Democrats, and Krystal Gabel and local contractor Rene Solc, who are both registered as nonpartisan.

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Business editor/reporter

Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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