A York City pastor who announced a bid for the York City Council earlier this year has withdrawn from the race.

Aaron Anderson said in a news release that his wife and kids require the time he'd hoped to devote to the council.

Doctors recently removed a tumor from Gail Anderson's spinal cord. Her ongoing recovery at a local rehabilitation hospital includes learning how to walk again and do other basic tasks, Aaron Anderson said in a news release.

"Due to the nature of a spinal cord injury, the prospects of Gail's recovery are uncertain," he wrote. "The doctors and therapists are optimistic but it is clear that she has a long road ahead of her."

Two weeks after the surgery, Aaron Anderson said he has "a much clearer sense of what caring for Gail and the kids will look like over the next several months."

Aaron and Gail Anderson are the parents of six children. Aaron Anderson is the founding pastor of City Church York.

"Effective council members need significant time and energy to campaign and, once elected, to apply themselves to diligently representing the citizens of York City," Anderson wrote. "It would be inappropriate for me to engage a task that I cannot fulfill at present and a disservice to my family, church and to voters."

Anderson said the city "deserves elected officials who are fully engaged in the complex work of navigating our city to peace and prosperity."

Aaron Anderson's name will appear on Democrats' ballot in the May 21 primary, however.

That's because his announcement to withdraw from the race came after the deadline for candidates to have their names removed from the ballot, said Sally Kohlbus, assistant director of the York County Elections and Voter Registration office.

Two four-year terms on the council are available. In addition to Anderson, incumbent Democrats Henry Nixon and Renee Nelson filed to seek the seats. A fourth candidate, Cynthia Martin, was the only Republican to enter the race.

Democrats will also see current Councilman David Satterlee's name on the ballot. He was the only person to file for one available two-year term.

If Anderson places first or second in the Democratic primary, he has until Aug. 12 to withdraw his name from the general-election ballot in November, Kohlbus said.

- Erin James may also be reached at ejames@yorkdispatch.com.