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Former Assemblyman Tom Calderon has dropped out of the race to replace his brother Ron Calderon in the state Senate next year.

"I'm not running," Tom Calderon said today in a phone call with The Bee.

"I just need to take time for myself and my family. I've been through a lot this year."

In June, the FBI raided the Capitol offices of Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, and attempted to contact Tom Calderon, who works as a consultant. Federal authorities appear to be looking into businesses that have ties to Tom Calderon. This year they subpoenaed the Central Basin Municipal Water District and raided the Pacific Hospital of Long Beach -- both businesses that have been clients of Tom Calderon's consulting practice. Ron Calderon, meanwhile, has opened a legal defense fundraising committee to cover expenses related to his "public corruption investigation."

Tom Calderon said today that he has not testified before a grand jury in the case and has had no contact with federal authorities in recent weeks.

The Calderon family has formed a political dynasty in southeast Los Angeles County, with brothers Ron, Tom and Charles Calderon all serving stints representing the area in the state Legislature. The second generation took office last year when Charles Calderon's son, Ian Calderon, was elected to the Assembly.

Tom Calderon's departure from the race for the 32nd state senate district is good news for former Assemblyman Tony Mendoza, who is running for the seat. Earlier this month, Mendoza picked up the endorsement of Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, who had endorsed Tom Calderon in May.

Other possible candidates in the race include Democrats Jay Chen, Joseph Cho, Sally Havice, Irella Perez, Kevin Perez-Allen, Jorge Robles and Sandra Salazar, as well as Republicans Noel A. Jaimes and Mario Guerra.

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PHOTO: California State Senator Ron Calderon, on left, talks with California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, while former state assemblyman Tom Calderon talks with a friend at a memorial service for Tom's wife Marcella Calderon on January 14, 2012. Los Angeles Times/Genaro Molina.



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