Lake County Supervisor Anthony Farrington — the only candidate not to hail from either Davis or Napa County in the race for the 4th District Assembly seat — became the first to drop out of it.
The 43-year-old Farrington, who announced his decision to withdraw on Oct. 3, also was the first to declare his intention to succeed Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, when she terms out in 2014.
But Farrington, a Democrat, decided not to continue his campaign in the redrawn 4th District, which consists of Lake and Napa counties, and parts of Yolo, Colusa, Solano and Sonoma counties.
“Even though my family, friends, and supporters, in particular my wife, have been supportive of my candidacy, I have decided that the time is not right for me to seek higher office,” Farrington said in a statement.
The politician cited pressing issues facing the Lake County Board of Supervisors, such as securing revenue to better manage Clear Lake and the county’s watershed.
The remaining pool of candidates includes Davis Mayor Joe Krovoza, Davis Mayor Pro Tem Dan Wolk, Napa County Supervisor Bill Dodd and Napa County Planning Commissioner Matt Pope.
Farrington said he had not yet begun fundraising in earnest but that he intends to return funds he has collected to the respective donors.
“I want to thank everyone that believed in me, and supported my candidacy,” Farrington said. “I will forever be grateful for your faith in me.”
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