Less than a week after an incident of alleged racial bias, 48th Ward aldermanic candidate and former CVS manager Morry Matson withdrew from the campaign due to a health condition, he announced in a press statement Tuesday.
Matson came under criticism after calling the police on a black customer who tried to use a coupon at a CVS store on North Broadway near Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. Following the event, Matson and another employee are no longer employed with CVS, The Phoenix previously reported.
In the statement sent Tuesday evening, Matson said he suffered a brain seizure in May. He said he will have surgery next week to treat a lesion and won’t be able to continue his campaign.
The 48th Ward includes the Edgewater, Andersonville and Uptown neighborhoods and part of Lake Shore Campus. Harry Osterman is the current alderman and is running for reelection in February 2019.
Matson was not immediately available for comment.