Photo courtesy of Dallas Park and Recreation Board.

Former Park and Recreation Board member Paul Sims said Friday he is withdrawing from the race for the District 9 Dallas City Council seat.

Sims said in a Facebook post the timing wasn’t right for his family. The White Rock area resident said he plans to remain active in the community and continue advocating for parks, the protection of White Rock Lake and safe neighborhoods, according to the post.

Sims had hoped to replace outgoing Councilman Mark Clayton. Clayton said in January he would not seek re-election so he could spend more time with his family.

The remaining candidates for the District 9 seat are Paula BlackmonTamara BrownSarah LambErin Moore and Jacinto P. Valdespino.

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