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Alhambra Mayor Ayala Drops Out of Assembly Race

The Democratic candidate who was running to represent San Marino, Arcadia and other San Gabriel Valley cities cited needing to focus on family as the reason for his withdrawal, the Pasadena Star-News reported.

In the latest shakeup in the race to represent the 49th State Assembly District, Alhambra Mayor Luis Ayala withdrew Wednesday, the Pasadena Star-News reported Thursday.

Ayala said spending time with his family was the reason for him withdrawing his candidacy.

"As this campaign progressed, I realized that I was spending less and less time with my family and this was simply a small window of what was to come if I was elected to the Assembly," Ayala said, according to the Star-News. "So I decided that at this point in my life I want to focus on raising my two kids and spending more time with my wife."

The announcement comes two days after Democratic candidate Ed Chau announced he had been officially endorsed by the Democratic Party. Chau is also endorsed by incumbent 49th District Assemblyman Mike Eng and his wife, Rep. Judy Chu, who is running in the newly drawn 27th Congressional District to represent San Marino and other San Gabriel Valley cities.

Chau will face off against Republican and former San Marino Mayor Matthew Lin, who has been endorsed by Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich and the San Marino and San Gabriel City Councils.

Two weeks ago, the pool of 49th Assembly District candidates was also diminished when now former El Monte Union High School Board Member and former Rosemead Mayor John Tran was charged with bribery and said he will plead guilty to the charges.

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