With four weeks to go until Election Day, Assemblyman Dan Logue is abandoning his bid for an open state Senate seat because of health issues.
Logue was one of six candidates seeking to replace former Sen. Doug LaMalfa in the 4th Senate District. LaMalfa, who is running for Congress in a safe GOP district, resigned at the end of the legislative session so that the special primary for his seat could be consolidated with the November general election.
Logue's campaign said today that the Marysville Republican has been advised by his doctor to lay low while he recovers from kidney damage caused by an adverse reaction to antibiotics. While he will remain an active candidate in the 3rd Assembly District, where he is running for a third term, his health issues will prevent him from campaigning in the special election for the 4th Senate District, which spans 12 Northern California counties.
"It is a vast district with many rural communities," Logue said in a statement, first posted by the FlashReport blog. "The demands of traveling and campaigning in such a vast region are rigorous and the requirements of running a competitive race conflict with my doctor's orders."
The Nov. 6 election was expected to be a showdown between Logue and fellow Republican Assemblyman Jim Nielsen, of Gerber, who was endorsed by LaMalfa. If no one wins more than 50 percent of the vote in the Nov. 6 election, the two candidates who get the most votes will go head to head in a Jan. 8 runoff.
Though Logue does not plan to actively campaign, the late date of his departure means his name will remain on the ballot in the 4th District. Early voting is about to kick off, with county election officials set to begin mailing vote-by-mail ballots out to voters this week.