Bert Cottle

Bert Cottle

MAT-SU — The race for the office of Mat-Su Borough Mayor is down to two.

Former Wasilla Mayor Bert Cottle posted to his official campaign Facebook page on Monday that he is withdrawing his candidacy for the office of Borough Mayor due to health concerns, leaving former Mat-Su Borough Deputy Mayor Matthew Beck and current Palmer Mayor Edna DeVries as the two remaining candidates.

“It is with a heavy heart that I must withdraw my candidacy for Mayor of the Mat-Su Borough. My entire adult life has been spent in public service, and it has been my great honor to serve the residents of my communities, my state, my home,” wrote Cottle. “The Mat-Su Borough deserves nothing less than a mayor who will give 100 % to represent and serve its residents. For medical reasons I will no longer be able to give my all. It would not be fair to all of you, or to my family. I want to thank the many who have supported me over the years and now ask for your respectful privacy and prayers.”

The office is currently held by Vern Halter, who will term out this year. Early voting for Borough residents begins Oct. 18 and the deadline to submit a request for an absentee ballot is Oct. 26.

Election day for Mat-Su Borough is Nov. 5.

This is a developing story. Continue to see for more.

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