Days after a news conference announcing he was the first candidate to challenge Emily Larson in the Duluth mayoral race, Israel Malachi is out of the race.
Malachi withdrew his application, a spokeswoman for the city clerk's office confirmed on Monday.
But three other candidates have joined the race, with a week left until filing deadline: Caleb Anderson, Corey Ford and Jesse Peterson.
On his Facebook page, Ford said he planned to have a campaign website in place by the end of this week, but that he would be accepting no donations and spending no money on the campaign.
Peterson, an environmental activist, announced his decision to run on his Facebook page Sunday.
No information was immediately available for Anderson.
If at least three candidates remain in the race, the Aug. 13 nonpartisan primary election will reduce the number to two ahead of the Nov. 5 general election.
For City Council, incumbent Gary Anderson is the only candidate who has filed so far for the 1st District.
Five candidates have filed for the two At-Large seats: incumbent Noah Hobbs; Arik Forsman, who was chosen last July to complete Elissa Hansen's term; Matthew William Stewart, Stephen Abernethy and Mike Mayou.
The third At-Large seat, held by Zack Filipovich, is not up for election until 2021.
Three candidates have filed for the 3rd District seat: Roz Randorf, Theresa O'Halloran-Johnson and Ryan Glenn. Incumbent Em Westerlund has announced she will not seek re-election.
Three candidates have filed for the 5th District seat: Jeanne Koneczy, Janet Kennedy and Ashley Grimm. Incumbent Jay Fosle has not announced his intentions.
The filing deadline is June 18.