Alhambra Mayor Luis Ayala withdrew his candidacy for state Assembly on Wednesday citing a need to spend more time with his family. He faced tough competition in the 49th District, which became the second majority Asian one in the nation after being redrawn last year. Mike Eng, who currently holds the seat, will be termed out.
The remaining race involves four Chinese-American candidates, according to Word Journal. Another candidate, El Monte Unified School District Board Member John Tran, announced his withdrawl earlier this month after pleading guilty to bribery. Remaining candidates include former San Marino mayor Mathew Lin, Montebello Unified School District Board of Education member Ed Chau, Montery Park Councilman Mitchell Ing and former chairman of the Los Angeles County Assessment Appeals Board John Wong.
Read Ayala's complete letter to supporters below:
After deep contemplation, I have decided not to run for the 49th Assembly District in the 2012 election cycle. I would be thrilled to continue my candidacy for Assembly with the thought of being engaged in the difficult issues that face California today and working towards turning our State around for the benefit of us all. But I’ve come to realize that at this stage in my life, my family needs me more than the Assembly does. Many of you know that I am very blessed to have a six year-old daughter, Citlali and a four year-old son, Diego, who love me unconditionally and run to greet me with much excitement when I get home. As the campaign progressed, it became clear to me that I would be missing out on many of these precious moments if elected to serve in the Assembly. I learned from my parents that God and family always come first. So today, I honor this core value, which has worked out pretty well for me thus far.
Here in the San Gabriel Valley we are fortunate to have some excellent representatives at the State and Federal level whom deserve our support. I plan to continue offering them mine and closely working with them as I continue to serve as a local elected official and care for my family.
Adriana and I will forever be grateful and honored for the overwhelming support we received over the last year. To our volunteers, donors and supporters: Thank you for believing in my candidacy!! I remain committed to serving our State and Country for the benefit of us all.
May God bless you,
*Corrected: An earlier version of this post misidentified Matthew Lin's past public office. He was formerly mayor of San Marino.