Former airline pilot Steve Filson of Danville has dropped out of the Assembly District 15 race.
His message posted on www.filsonforassembly.com cites personal and political reasons for his decision.
But it has been clear for months, based on poor fund-raising, that Filson wasn’t catching on with voters. Filson could never quite shed the effects of his 2006 primary loss against Rep. Jerry McNerney. And recent campaign finance reports showed very strong numbers for his chief rival, San Ramon Valley School Board Trustee Joan Buchanan.
Here’s what Steve wrote on his site:
Dear Friends and Supporters:
It is with great regret, that we are suspending our campaign for the California State Assembly. There are a constellation of reasons both personal and political that I have reached a point to make a tough choice.
I want to thank everyone who has been with us. You understood the importance of winning this seat and converting it to a Democratic one. I still think that is possible and very important but having two strong opponents in a Primary brings more harm than good. Therefore it is best if we help clear the field so that our Democratic contender is ready for the general election which will be very tough.
For those many folks who donated their time, I can’t thank you enough.
For the time being I will be analyzing my next steps. For the many great new friends I have met during this campaign, I’m sure we will cross paths again. Again, I thank everyone for their support.