Myers announces he is ending his campaign for Columbus mayor

Mike Wolanin | The Republic Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers announces his candidacy for mayor of Columbus during a gathering in the event space at Zaharakos in Columbus, Ind., Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022.

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Former Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers announced today he is withdrawing from seeking the GOP nomination for Columbus mayor.

In a statement, Myers said it was “with much thought and prayer that I entered the mayor’s race. Today, after serving more than 30 years in the public sector, it is, again, with much thought and prayer, I have concluded that my heart’s desire is to bring my public service career to an end and to seek new opportunities within the private sector.”

Myers said he was grateful for the “tremendous and overwhelming support that I received in my campaigns for sheriff and mayor. It was the honor of my lifetime to serve two terms as your sheriff.”

Myers said he would continue to assist newly-elected Sheriff Chris Lane through February.

For more on this story, see Wednesday’s Republic.