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NORTH ATTLEBORO — The field of candidates for town council just got smaller — but not by much.

There are now 19 contenders for the nine council seats in the June 18 special election, down from 21. Both Leo Bissonnette and Patricia DiRenzo have dropped out.

Patricia Dolan, administrative secretary for the election commission, said Bissonnette submitted signed paperwork taking himself off the ballot and as of Wednesday morning DiRenzo was in the process of doing the same.

Their names will not appear on the ballot.

DiRenzo said she withdrew because she is a member of board of directors of the group that runs the North Attleboro community garden and two of the four board members are unavailable.

She said if she got elected to the council, she would have to resign from the community garden, which would leave the group shorthanded.

The garden is her “first love,” she said, and she wants to stay with it.

Running for town council is definitely an option she will consider in the future, she said.

Bissonnette could not be reached for comment.

There will still be plenty of candidates for voters to choose from when they cast ballots for the first town council in North Attleboro history.

The council is being created by a charter voters adopted and it will replace representative town meeting as North Attleboro’s legislature.

Candidates still in the race are Michael Bedard, Julie Boyce, Jo Ann Cathcart, Daniel Donovan, Darius Gregory, Shea Kiley, Keith Lapointe, Michael Lennox, Justin Pare, Bruce Pearson, Kathleen Prescott, Adam Scanlon, Andrew Shanahan, John Simmons, Gregory St. Lawrence, Michael Thompson, Jack Tragni, Gregory Weishaar, and Benjamin Whitney.

Jim Hand may be reached at 508-236-0399 or jhand@thesunchronicle.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @TSCpolitics.

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