Just one week before the May 2 election, Brentwood Mayor Xzavier C. Montgomery-Wright has withdrawn her bid for re-election amid a storm of criticism.
Montgomery-Wright, who was evicted from her home this month and censured by the Town Council for using town funds to pay her $7,000 bill, withdrew her candidacy Tuesday night, moments before a mayoral forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters.
Gloria Johnson, who moderated the forum, read the mayor’s letter to an audience of about 50 people.
Roger Rudder, the only listed candidate in the race, and former mayor Betty Jean Bailey-Schmiedigen, who is a write-in candidate, offered their plans for the town of 2,800.
Of Montgomery-Wright, Rudder said: “I believe that it was the honorable thing to do, and maybe this removes some of the distractions that we have had.”
Bailey-Schmiedigen, who has been the mayor twice before, said Montgomery-Wright’s story is unfortunate.
“I supported her two years ago. She had so much potential,” she said.
In her letter, Montgomery-Wright thanked her supporters, while adding that her term will end next Tuesday. The mayor and Town Treasurer Orsan Carter had come under fire for obtaining debit cards that allowed them to tap into the town’s budget. Carter resigned from his post last week.