Tom Allon has dropped out of the mayoral race, ending a long-shot candidacy to devote his energies to publishing.
His campaign announced early this morning that he would withdraw as a candidate because Allon had acquired the publisher of City & State, a political newspaper. A message left for his spokesman was not immediately returned.
"When I decided to enter the mayoral race in July 2011, I had a deep desire to lead this wonderful and unique city and to finally fix our crumbling public education system," Allon said in a statement released to the press.
He said that he would continue to "pursue a reform agenda as an education activist, a columnist and blogger, and parent of three teenagers."
Allon was running as a Republican and was endorsed by the Liberal Party, which released a statement saying that it respected his decision.