Gretchen Newsom, the Democratic candidate for mayor of San Diego, dropped out of the race on Friday, citing an upcoming divorce and family obligations.
“I have decided that I will not run for Mayor,” Newsom said. “My husband and I have recently decided to divorce on an amicable basis and, therefore, I need to focus on our son. I appreciate everyone’s respect of our privacy.”
Newsom is the president of the Ocean Beach Town Council and the political director for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 569.
“I want to thank my friends, neighbors, and community for the outpouring of support I have received. I am honored by and grateful for your enthusiasm to stand with me,” she said. “Our fight for meaningful investments in working families and our communities must continue. I encourage everyone to support raising the minimum wage and other ballot measures and candidates that lift up working families.”
Newsom announced her candidacy in October during the biennial San Diego County Democratic Convention. Though the mayoral election is officially nonpartisan, incumbent Kevin Faulconer is a Republican.
In 2014, when Faulconer was elected mayor, Newsom was among the candidates vying to be appointed to Faulconer’s open City Council seat.