On Sunday, Rodney McClelland announced he was suspending his campaign for Antioch City Council and was dropping out of the race.
McClelland, who was supported by the Contra Costa Republican CommitOn Sunday, Rodney McClelland announced he was suspending his campaign for Antioch City Council and was dropping out of the race. tee, stated he was for a safe, secure and clean city. He stated that the council needed not only a new voice, but someone who understood the history of Antioch and the issues facing today.
He campaigned on bringing up police staffing levels, in-fill economic development, and updating parks and amenities for the community.
In an email sent to ECT Sunday evening:
Due to personal reasons, I am suspending my Campaign for Antioch City Council. I can no longer commit the time and energy required to run for office. I want to thank friends and family for their support. I wish the other candidates well.
The move came after a September 18 posting where he came out against Measure W.
Antioch is A Beautiful City but, we face many challenges. The city Council has Measure W on the November ballot. I do not support Measure W, unlike many of my competitors. With the failure to deliver on the promises of Measure C and knowing it does not expire until 2021 I cannot support another tax increase (Measure W). There is no transparency on exactly where funds will be used. This increase will hurt families on fixed incomes, senior citizens, retirees, and low-income families living paycheck to paycheck.
Where we should be taking care of basic needs of our city some are talking about beyond basics. You must be good or even great at something before you move above and beyond.
I am Rodney McClelland and I am running for Antioch City Council.
This is now the second straight election where an Antioch candidate has withdrawn from the race but will appear on the ballot. In 2016, after absentee ballots were mailed, Mayoral candidate Gil Murrillo dropped out of the race with three-weeks before election day in support of Sean Wright. Wright ended up winning the mayors seat by 64-votes over Wade Harper.
There are now a total of five candidates running for City Council which included incumbents Lori Ogorchock and Tony Tiscareno. Challenging them include: Nora Foster, Caroleve Prudence Capelle and Joy Motts.