SOLANA BEACH – Although there will still be five City Council candidates on the November ballot, only four will be campaigning for the two open seats.
Shawn McClondon, a nine-year resident of Solana Beach, posted on a private Facebook forum for residents on Oct. 11 that he will be withdrawing from the City Council race. In a phone interview with The Coast News, he confirmed that he has no intention to continue pursuing a candidacy for the upcoming term.
However, because the deadline for withdrawal was Aug. 15, McClondon is still on the mailed sample ballot and on the upcoming ballot as a qualified candidate, according to City Clerk Angela Ivey.
McClondon said the time spent on his campaign was “more than (he) bargained for right now…the time was starting to take away from spending time with my family.”
In his post, he wrote, “I appreciate all of you that supported me and want you to know that I will still continue to work in the community to make an impact.”
McClondon said he plans to “refocus (his) energy” into working with youth, hosting forums to discuss anxiety and depression.
The other candidates – Valeri Paul, Kristi Becker, Kelly Harless and Craig Nelson – will continue campaigning for the two seats left by Lesa Heebner and Peter Zahn in November.