John Criswell announced his withdrawal from the Columbia Public School Board election in a letter to the district on Friday.

Criswell's mother was admitted to the hospital in late December for respiratory issues, according to the letter. Criswell said her recovery will be a long process, leaving him little time to campaign.

"There's some really good candidates," Criswell said. "I hope Columbia picks one that's a great fit for the school board." 

The School Board election for two seats will take place April 5. Blake Willoughby will run for re-election, and new candidates include Adam Burks, Andrea Lisenby and Suzette Waters.

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