Solidifying the field days before a primary election, Diana Rodriguez-Suruki has ended her campaign for the 9th Assembly District race and thrown her support to fellow Democrat and Elk Grove City Councilman Jim Cooper.
"I have gotten to know Jim over the course of this campaign. He brings significantly more
experience to the job than his remaining opponents and is committed to working on the issues that affect children and their families," Rodriguez-Suruki said in a statement.
By bowing out, Rodriguez-Suruki - currently a Sacramento City Unified School District trustee - has left two Democratic candidates vying for a top-two spot in the heavily Democratic district. Cooper faces a challenge from Sacramento City Council member Darrell Fong. Rodriguez-Suruki's name will remain on the ballot, but she will not campaign for the seat.
Business security consultant Tim Gorsulowsky and computer technician Manuel Martin populate the Republican field in the district, seeking a seat that Assemblyman Richard Pan has vacated as he seeks a state Senate seat.
Voters go to the polls next Tuesday.