Two candidates signed up for New Orleans-area elections in the Oct. 24 primary withdrew Monday, two business days after the qualifying period for those races closed.

Troy Gainey of Belle Chasse quit the race for the seat now held by state District 7 Sen. David Heitmeier, D-Algiers. Heitmeier has decided to not seek re-election to prioritize his health and optometry practice.

Gainey’s withdrawal leaves four candidates: Roy A. Glapion, the chairman of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission; Jeff Arnold, state Rep. Jeff Arnold, D-Algiers; former New Orleans City Councilman Troy Carter; and New Orleans School Board member Leslie Ellison.

Meanwhile, Gwendolyn Bordenave, a Democrat from New Orleans, left the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education District 2 race. Bordenave’s withdrawal leaves two remaining candidates in that race: Kara Tamara Washington, of Ama, who has been endorsed by the group Flip BESE; and incumbent Kira Orange Jones, who lives in New Orleans and is backed by the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, which is pro Common Core.

Both Bordenave and Gainey signed up for the race Thursday, the final day of qualifying for the Oct. 24 primary.