Keane steps out of Pittsfield City Council race

PITTSFIELD — A candidate for the Ward 5 seat on City Council withdrew his candidacy on Friday.

Billy Keane, who had planned to challenge incumbent Donna Todd Rivers, said a family matter arose that needed attending to.

"Sometimes family has to come first," he said, declining to be more specific about reasoning because of its personal nature.

Keane, who also serves as a director on the Board of Realtors and an organizer with the Better Block initiative, extended gratitude for those who supported his candidacy.

Given the ballot was already set, it's unclear whether Keane will be able to officially remove his name. But he wanted to make it known that he no longer is seeking the seat.

Still, Keane said he intends to remain a force for good in his community and would consider running again in the future.

"I'm going to be super open minded to ways I can remain actively engaged in the community," he said.

Reach Amanda Drane at 413-496-6296, or @amandadrane on Twitter.


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