Gilkey was referring to the legal issues and criminal indictment of Butler County Auditor Roger Reynolds. Reynolds was recently permitted by the state to remain in office while the court proceedings continue.
Brian Sleeth, Warren County Board of Elections director, said Gilkey made his written withdrawal from the race official early Friday afternoon.
Sleeth said the deadline to officially withdraw from the election passed weeks ago and Gilkey’s name will remain on the May 3 GOP primary ballot for county auditor. However, any votes cast for Gilkey will not be counted, he said.
Gilkey, who has controlling interest in the Gilkey Window Company, was challenging incumbent county Auditor Matt Nolan for the nomination for the office in the November general election.
Other than races for state representative and various committee seats, Warren County Republicans will have one contested office to determine if incumbent County Commissioner Tom Grossmann or former Lebanon mayor Amy Brewer will be nominated as the GOP standard bearer in the November general election.