Democrat Xochitl Paderes is dropping out of the race for the open 13th Assembly District.
The community activist told the Stockton Record that she was worried about the effect campaign attacks could have on her family. She had recently been targeted by expenditures made by a committee backed by the California Chamber of Commerce.
The Record reports:
The 36-year-old candidate said she doesn't have the money to fight negative campaign mailers and was concerned that future personal attacks could jeopardize completion of a lengthy adoption process for her 9-year-old son.
"Any kind of misrepresentation of the facts ... could compromise our fight," Paderes said Monday. "It is just ridiculous that politics has to be so nasty and dirty and negative. I don't have the kind of money to tackle them or rebut them or do anything like that."
Paderes will still appear on the ballot and more than 20,000 voters in the Stockton-area district have already cast a vote via vote-by-mail ballots, the Record reports.
But her exit from the race could give Stockton City Councilwoman Susan Eggman, also a Democrat, a clearer shot at securing a spot in the November runoff. The two had been locked in a battle for the runoff, with Cal Chamber chipping in for Eggman and some labor unions that were upset about Eggman's actions on the council backing Paderes.
One other Democrat and two Republicans are also in the running for the seat. The top two vote-getters in the June 5 primary will advance to the November runoff, regardless of their political party affiliation.
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