Commercial real estate broker Tim Leigh announced today he is withdrawing from the Colorado Springs’ mayor’s race, saying the city needs someone who could make a “singular, full-time commitment” to the job and that he was sticking with real estate.

His decision leaves two candidates vying for the office: neighborhood advocate Dave Munger and defense contractor Buddy Gilmore.

Leigh revealed his decision in an email to supporters and others.

“I’ve learned that being a successful politician is a full-time job,” he said. “I already knew that being a successful Realtor is a full-time job. And when I launched the Tim Leigh train I had the misguided notion that I could do both (well) on a part-time basis. I’ve since learned that that is not possible.

“I’ve been told that I’m a very good Realtor/businessman and I think I’d be a very good mayor. The problem is, unless I want to lower my standard and become mediocre at both, I have to pick one. And at this juncture, I’m choosing to stick with what I know.”

Leigh did not rule out political office.

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“I’ve discovered that it’s likely I’ll make my best contribution to our community in some capacity other than as mayor. And who knows what that means? Maybe an at-large city council seat or a membership on another community service board — we’ll have to see,” he said.