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.