I'm withdrawing from the election. I entered initially because I was concerned that we didn't have enough candidates who had a history of participation in the site and an adequate background in physics. This is clearly no longer the case, so I don't need to be a candidate.
It should be pretty obvious which candidates have a philosophy of moderation which is similar to mine. If you were considering voting for me, please vote for them instead.
I doubt anyone is concerned, but no, I'm not leaving the site. I'll continue participating. And I will be more active in the future in flagging unconstructive questions and homework, cleaning up ones with potential, and helping to educate new users about our social norms. Keeping this site healthy is everyone's responsibility, not just the moderators.
Finally, while I have the microphone, a comment about the 'community vs outsiders' issue that's arisen during this election. I think SE's employee's do genuinely have the best interests of the community at heart; their incentives are aligned with ours. It's not completely clear to me that the same can be said for the volunteer moderators from other sites who've shown up during the Maimon-LeQuella kerfluffle. But if you're worried about this sort of thing, the only recourse you have is to vote and continue participating.