Real estate appraiser Joe Rubay has dropped out of the running for the Republican nomination in Assembly District 15.
That leaves just four Republicans actively campaigning for the hotly contested seat that has attracted a cavalcade of candidates. Seven Democrats have created campaign committees and are raising money for the race, too. Incumbent Assemblyman Guy Houston, R-San Ramon, will term out next year and run for the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors.
Rubay is personable and fun but he’s new to the political scene and he just couldn’t keep up with his more experienced colleagues, particularly when it came to raising money and attracting endorsements.
As for Rubay’s part, he says he will “support the Republican primary winner 100 percent.”