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Pope withdraws from Assembly race

By From page A3 | February 16, 2014

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Matt Pope. Courtesy photo

And then there were three.

Napa County Planning Commissioner Matt Pope has withdrawn from the 4th Assembly District race, leaving Davis Mayor Joe Krovoza, Davis Mayor Pro Tem Dan Wolk and Napa County Supervisor Bill Dodd to duke it out on June 3.

All are Democrats. The top two vote-getters will face off in the November general election.

In a letter to friends and supporters Friday, Pope said the campaign has been “a great experience, and I have made many new friends and supporters.”

But he blamed the “great time demands of a campaign covering a district this large” and the fundraising requirements of mounting a competitive campaign for his decision to withdraw.

“My intention was always to bring a strong progressive voice to this campaign and I am proud of the issues that we have raised,” he added.

Pope had struggled to raise enough funds to keep up with his opponents.

Based on campaign finance statements submitted by the Jan. 31 deadline, Dodd is well out in front, amassing $594,597 and spending only $43,771. Dodd also has all but sewn up the support of Napa County’s elected officials.

Yolo County’s elected leaders — including the balance of the Davis City Council — have fallen in behind Wolk, but Krovoza has proved a skillful fundraiser. He’s second in the group with $223,590 raised ($165,586 on hand) to Wolk’s $122,077 ($70,163).

Pope had the backing of outgoing Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, but his campaign trailed the field with $84,612 brought in — $51,000 of that from loans to himself — and $60,015 in the bank.

District 4 includes all of Napa and Lake counties; three-quarters of Yolo County, including Davis, Winters and Woodland; about half of Colusa County; and smaller portions of Solano County, including Dixon, and Sonoma County.

Lake County Supervisor Anthony Farrington was the first candidate to drop out of the race, when he bowed out on Oct. 3.

Pope said his decision to suspend his campaign does not mean that he is pulling back from public service.

“I look forward to continuing to work for the protection of our environment, economic and social justice, innovative and responsive state services, drug policy and penal system reform and good government,” he wrote.

“From protecting agricultural land and open space at a time when California is losing 30,000 acres per year due to development pressures; to the need to increase California’s student graduation and enrollment rates and lowering our prison populations; to preserving the delta; to ensuring that California’s economy and state services work for everyone — including small farms, rural communities, agricultural workers and working families — the next member to represent the 4th Assembly District will have great challenges to address,” Pope added.

— Enterprise staff writer Cory Golden contributed to this story.

Enterprise staff

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