Zachary Zichi, the Libertarian write-in candidate for Michigan's 1st District seat to the state House of Representatives, has said he will withdraw his candidacy on Monday after learning that he is too young to run for state office.
Zichi was a late add to the November race, only filing his candidacy papers in late September. A lifelong resident of Harper Woods and city parks employee, Zichi is a 19-year-old college student who took the fall term off to campaign for the House of Representatives seat.
The Michigan Constitution requires that all candidates must reside in Michigan for at least six months, meet the requirements of local residence and be at least 21 years of age.
On Friday, Patch contacted Zichi about the age requirement.
In an email response to Patch, Zichi said, "Thank you for contacting me, I am aware of problem and I am officially withdrawing from the race on Monday morning..."
According to Fred Woodhams of the Michigan Department of State, the 21-years-of-age requirement only applies to state-level office and not to local public office such as school board members or municipal council seats.
Zichi said in his email to Patch that once he withdraws from the race, he would be putting his support behind Republican Dan Schulte.
Brian Banks is the Democratic candidate.