Citing the need to focus on his wife's health, Santa Maria attorney and former Planning Commissioner Adrian Andrade said Friday he will not run for the 3rd District City Council seat.
"At this time, the health of my wife is of major concern," Andrade said. "So, rather than undertake a tough campaign for City Council, we have decided to focus on her health and defer any campaign efforts at this time."
A graduate of Loyola Marymount University and UCLA School of Law, Andrade was a member of the Santa Maria Planning Commission for nearly two decades.
Last month, Andrade filed his candidate intention statement for the 3rd District seat in the November 2018 election — the first time council positions will be under a district system — and announced he would run a campaign focused on the need to bring jobs to Santa Maria.
Remaining candidates for the 3rd District, which roughly encompasses the southwest quadrant of the city, include incumbent Councilman Dr. Michael Moats, nonprofit development manager Gloria Soto and Santa Maria resident Raymond Acosta.