Burkholder withdraws from Carlsbad city council race

Burkholder withdraws from Carlsbad city council race
Carlsbad resident Melanie Burkholder withdrew her candidacy Wednesday from the city council race. Courtesy photo

CARLSBAD — And then there were six — again.

Melanie Burkholder announced Wednesday she will no longer seek a seat on the city council.

The former Secret Service agent and small business owner jumped into the race several months ago citing her real world experience, fiscal conservatism and using technology to effectively and efficiently upgrade the city.

However, Burkholder said she didn’t see a clear path to victory going up against two strong incumbents in Keith Blackburn and Lorraine Wood. As a result, Burkholder withdrew from the race and gave her support to the two councilmembers.

“You want to make sure the right people get elected,” she said of her decision. “I’m a Republican, so I do want to support people that are in the Republican party and that means the incumbents.”

In addition, she said it’s not logical to stay in a race where there is little chance of winning.

Carlsbad has an at-large election, meaning residents may select any two candidates regardless of where they reside in the city.

If Burkholder were to remain in the race, votes would have been split, to a varying degree, between her and the two incumbents.

“It’s much better to throw your support behind the others that you think can pull through,” she said. “Carlsbad residents love this city and care deeply about changes coming.”

She said the controversial Measure A was a reason she jumped into the race and wanted to help the city move past the issue and look toward the city’s future. She commended the efforts of all sides during the campaign and election and said it lighted a spark between residents and local politics.

“Potentially, we could be determining city council candidates on a land use issue,” Burkholder said. “Knowing that there are going to be so many more people plugged into the process because of Measure A is encouraging.”

As for fundraising, she picked up a $2,500 donation and also had contributions totaling $4,000 since July 29, according to campaign disclosure forms.

Three others, meanwhile, had a significant advantage in donations as Blackburn’s war chest totals an ending cash balance of more than $135,000, while Wood was over $25,000 and Cori Schumacher at more than $10,000 according to financial statements. Donna Bower, however, was refunded a $6,000 donation from the Schumacher campaign on Sept. 3.

Blackburn and Wood are up squaring off against challengers Cori Schumacher (no relation to current councilman Michael Schumacher), Ann Tanner, Bill Fowler and Brandon Rowley.

As for any potential political future for the current therapist, Burkholder said she will remain engaged within the city, politics and non-profits.

“If the calling is there, I’m definitely not scared to take on the work,” she added. “I’m not going anywhere.”

5 Comments
  1. Don 10 months ago

    So why exactly was she running in the first place??? Seems like someone didn’t get her signals straight from the “bosses” in the local establishment. Maybe they finally got through to her after she realized she had zero chance. Let’s hope BOTH incumbents lose BIGLY (or BIG LEAGUE)!

  2. Scott 10 months ago

    “I’m Melanie Burkholder, candidate for Carlsbad City Council. Please, join me in bringing honesty, transparency, and dedication to City Hall.”

    um hmm,.

  3. John 10 months ago

    It’s easy for people who have never given back, never run for office, probably haven’t even voted more than a few times…to sit back and criticize.

  4. Casandra Tompkins 10 months ago

    Asking people to donate money to your campaign seems to be the most difficult thing for a new politician. Ms. Burkholder came up very short. Sad that it costs so much to run for a city council election. And now Caruso has introduced us to expensive big glossy fliers with lots of bold colors. (We will never want to go back to cheap 8 x 10 black & white fliers.)

  5. KC Krause 9 months ago

    There is very little fiscally “conservative” about blowing through $l,100,000+ of our hard earned Carlsbad taxpayers money hiring “consultants” for developing/redeveloping the Mall, the VIllage, the Crossings, etc. with very little to show for all our taxpayers money spent so far. The council is about as fiscally “liberal” as I have seen in my 20 years as a Carlsbad resident. Can anyone tell me what has been accomplished after spending $1,000,000+ on development/redevelopment consultants?

    The former Secret Service agent and small business owner jumped into the race several months ago citing her real world experience, fiscal conservatism and using technology to effectively and efficiently upgrade the city.

    “You want to make sure the right people get elected,” she said of her decision. “I’m a Republican, so I do want to support people that are in the Republican party and that means the incumbents.”

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