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Assemblyman Logue ends Senate campaign, citing health problems

October 8, 2012 |  3:50 pm

State Assemblyman Dan Logue (R-Linda) said Monday he is ending his campaign for the state Senate in the Nov. 6 election because of health issues, writing to supporters that "it is with a heavy heart that I step out of the Senate race."

Because the printing deadline has passed, Logue’s name will stay on the ballot for the special primary election to fill the Senate seat vacated midterm by Republican Doug La Malfa, who resigned to run for Congress, but Logue said he will refocus on getting reelected to his Assembly seat.

The Assemblyman said in a letter to constituents that he had been taking some antibiotics that damaged his kidneys and that  his doctor has ordered him to rest for six weeks.

He said the large 4th Senate District includes parts of 12 counties, and the demands of traveling it would be rigorous and conflict with his doctor’s orders.

"For this reason, it is impossible for me to continue in any responsible way as a candidate for the 4th Senate District," Logue wrote, adding he will "remain as a candidate" for his Assembly district, "and will focus on serving that district as effectively as possible."

Logue’s announcement leaves five active candidates for the Senate district, including Assemblyman Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) and Democrat Michael Harrington, a labor council president.

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-- Patrick McGreevy in Sacramento

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