Ken Drozeski and Mike Hicks both filed to run for ward 1 on the Dublin City Council in May.

But a state statute mandates that if a city council candidate's spouse works for the city, then the spouse must have been employed there for more than six months for the candidate to qualify to run for office.

Come election day, Drozeski's wife, Traci, will have served as a police dispatcher with the city of Dublin for five months and 14 days - seventeen day short of the requirement.

The Drozeskis were faced with two options: Drozeski had to withdraw from the race or his wife had to resign.

With the former Dublin police sergeant pulling his application last week, Hicks will now serve alongside Aaron Locke who also serves in ward 1.

"Drozeski should not appear on the ballot at all," said City Manager Jerry Guillory.

While ward 1 residents will not have to decide on a councilman, they will help decide whether Becky Norris or incumbant Tom Gordon will serve at the helm of the city as mayor.