Jim Wood is bowing out of the race for Destin City Council, citing a need to spend time with his ill father in Mississippi.

"I do not take my decision lightly" Wood said in a Monday email.

But, he added, "At the end of the day, family comes first."

In the email, Wood explained that his desire to spend time with his father will involve multiple trips to Mississippi each month, which would leave him little time for campaigning and, if elected, limited time to serve city residents.

Wood said in the email that his "continued travel to Mississippi and back would make my council service impossible to deliver in the manner that I want and that you should expect."

Wood explained that his father's illness began well after he had announced his campaign for Destin City Council. Since that time, he said, his father's care has become more involved. 

Wood did not rule out some continued role in Destin's civic life at some point in the future.

"I have been honored to serve our citizens for eight years on the city council," he wrote. "I look forward to some possible future involvement in service to our community. I truly appreciate those who have supported me and in many cases become my friends."

Wood's departure from the race leaves six candidates vying for three open at-large seats on the Destin City Council.

Destin's municpal elections are scheduled for March 13.