McClondon withdraws from Solana Beach council race

The race for two Solana Beach City Council seats has dropped down to four candidates after Shawn McClondon announced Oct. 11 that he has withdrawn his candidacy.

Shawn McClondon
Shawn McClondon Jason de Alba

McClondon, a nine-year resident of Solana Beach and online marketing consultant, posted in Residents of Solana Beach, a private Facebook group, that he was removing himself from the race "based on recent hardships and time constraints in [his] life."

"I felt I needed to do what was best for me and my family and be fair to the residents of Solana Beach at this time," he said.

When reached for comment, McClondon confirmed he gave notice of his withdrawal from the race to the city clerk's office on Oct. 12.

During his campaign, McClondon vowed to be a new voice for the residents and advocated for issues such as supporting local businesses; prioritizing community and cultural development; supporting affordable housing; and facilitating more effective communication from the city.

Still in the running are Kristi Becker, Kelly Harless, Craig Nelson and Valeri Paul. Solana Beach voters will be asked on Nov. 6 to select two candidates to fill vacancies left by council members Lesa Heebner and Peter Zahn.

View McClondon's complete statement below:

Shawn McClondon
Shawn McClondon's Facebook post announcing his withdrawal from the council race Courtesy