City News Service
State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, whose 75th District includes La Jolla and is running to be San Diego's next mayor, announced today he has decided to leave the Republican Party to become an independent.
Fletcher announced his decision in a video clip posted on his campaign website, nathanfletcher.com. He says he has been struggling with the decision for "some time."
"Today I am leaving the Republican party and becoming an independent," Fletcher said. "In my heart, I believe it's what's right and what best reflects my values. I also believe it's what's right for our city moving forward ..."
Appearing to decry the contentious nature of the current political climate, he added: "I don't believe we have to treat people we disagree with as an enemy."
Fletcher, who served a decade in the Marine Corps, currently represents the 75th District in the California State Assembly. He is running to replace Mayor Jerry Sanders, who will be termed out.
Other mayoral candidates include Councilman Carl DeMaio, a Republican; District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, a Republican; and Rep. Bob Filner, D-San Diego. The job is non partisan.