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Ray Ellis Drops Out Of District 1 San Diego City Council Race

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Republican Ray Ellis and Democrat Barbara Bry are competing for the San Diego City Council District 1 seat.

Ray Ellis Drops Out Of District 1 San Diego City Council Race


Carl Luna, political science professor, San Diego Mesa College


Republican Ray Ellis dropped out of the District 1 San Diego City Council race Friday. He was set to face Democrat Barbara Bry in a November runoff.

Ellis said he was dropping out of the race because most voters rely on political affiliation when voting in local elections, and Democrats have a significantly higher voter registration than Republicans in District 1.

He also cited what he expects to be a divisive presidential race as a reason for dropping out.

"As we look to November, I believe the toxicity and the divisiveness at the top of ticket will get worse. My values are important to me and I will not support presidential candidate Donald Trump," Ellis said in a statement.

He said he did not believe there was a way for him to beat Bry in November.

"Without a viable path, I cannot in good faith ask supporters to finance another effort," Ellis said.

This will allow the Democrats to maintain their 5-4 majority on the City Council.

Bry said Ellis' name will still appear on the ballot, so she's not going to stop campaigning.

"We want to use the next 90 days to learn more about the community, to communicate more with the residents of District 1 and hopefully have a positive outcome on Election Day," she said.

Ellis came in a distant second behind Bry in the June election.

District 1 includes Carmel Valley, La Jolla and University City.

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