A Youngstown councilman who was in the running for a seat in the Ohio Senate has dropped out of the race.

Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman Christopher Anderson confirmed with 21 News that Youngstown First Ward Councilman Julius Oliver dropped out of the race for the 33rd Ohio Senate Seat, which was previously filled by Mike Rulli.

Anderson says Oliver felt like him running now wouldn't be fair to the people of Youngstown's first ward who had just voted to reelect him as their councilman and that he wanted to focus on what's currently going on in downtown Youngstown.

This leaves only two Democratic candidates in the running for the seat including MS Consultants Principal Dave Mosure and Mahoning County Deputy Prosecutor Marty Hume.

Two other candidates, Youngstown Fifth Ward Councilman Pat Kelly and Beyond Plastics Executive Director and East Palestine Activist Jess Conrad were also in the race, but had previously dropped out.

A public town hall will be held via Zoom on July 16 at 6:00 p.m. where the public can meet these candidates and ask them questions. From there, Democrats in the 33rd district will vote on who will represent the Democratic Party in the race for the seat.

Whoever is chosen will run against Republican Al Cutrona, who is currently serving the remainder of Rulli's term following his resignation from the Senate after former Congressman Bill Johnson's appointment as Youngstown State University's President.

You can register for the town hall by clicking here.

21 News has reached out to Councilman Oliver for further comment about why he dropped out of the race and if he would run again if he was given the opportunity and we're waiting to hear back.