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Renison withdraws from race for Assembly seat

November 07, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — The mayor pro tem here, John Renison, has taken his hat out of the state Assembly's District 80 political ring.

"I have made a personal decision not to seek that office at this time due to family and other more important reasons that I will explain," Renison said in a written statement.

Several weeks ago Renison, a Republican, said he was considering a run for the District 80 Assembly seat that will be vacant once redistricting takes effect and the home of incumbent Assemblyman David Kelly, R-Idyllwild, is placed in the 76th District.

Kelley has decided not to move into the new 80th and defend his seat.

Renison said he was faced with a "fiscal and logistical problem" running for election in a district that includes the entire Imperial Valley and Coachella Valley communities such as Palm Springs.

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He has not ruled out the possibility of running for another office in the future but said "now is not the right time."

Renison was elected to the Calexico City Council in 1996 and re-elected in 2000. He is director of advancement at San Diego State University-Imperial Valley campus.

>>Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419 or claverie7@hotmail.com

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