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One of the three people who will appear on the Feb. 19 primary ballot for a seat on the Madison School Board confirmed earlier this week he has suspended his campaign.

It is too late to remove Skylar Croy’s name from the ballot, but he confirmed a Jan. 4 report in The Capital Times that he had suspended his campaign.

The 25-year-old UW Law School student grew up in Appleton and told the State Journal that he thought the board could use a younger perspective, and that his parents had or currently worked in school administration.

But he said there were concerns about whether he could balance the time commitment of serving on the board with a new job.

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Croy’s exit means the two other people running for Seat 3, Kaleem Caire and Cris Carusi, will likely face each other again in the April 2 general election. Carusi is a UW-Madison employee, and Caire is the founder and CEO of One City Schools, an independent Madison charter school.

Four people remain on the primary ballot for Seat 4: David Blaska, Laila Borokhim, Albert Bryan and Ali Muldrow. Three people are on the ballot for Seat 5: incumbent TJ Mertz, Ananda Mirilli and Amos Roe.

Madison School Board elections are unlike most other school board elections in the state in that candidates must opt to run for one of the open citywide seats on the seven-member board. As a result, if there is no competition for a seat or if the vote totals for that seat are especially low, a candidate for that seat can still be elected to the School Board over candidates for other seats who get more votes.

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