Mayor Lucan Withdraws From Senate Race

Novato Mayor Eric Lucan announces that he is dropping out of the race for the State Senate

Novato Mayor Eric Lucan

Mayor Eric Lucan announced that he was stepping down from the race for Noreen Evan's California State Senate seat.

The Novato mayor cited time constraints as the reason why he was dropping out of pursuing Evan's seat. This now leaves Sonoma County Supervisor Mike McGuire as the sole Democrat in the race.

"I said at the outset that my service on the Novato City Council, and now as Mayor, would come first during the campaign – and I have kept that commitment," the mayor said in a statement.

"I have continued to work fulltime and commute daily. My career and position in business has given me an important perspective outside of politics, but the balancing act has become difficult. With increasing pressures on my time, I found it was possible to run a good campaign, but not the great campaign that this large district deserves and requires," Lucan said.

Bubba six pack January 22, 2014 at 06:21 PM
Smart decision by Eric. His B.S. wasn't working on the coast any more than it worked at the trailer park where he was sent to explain Tree-gate. Better luck next time. Night manager at a motel was a good enough resume to take Novato, but not State. At least he showed his true feathers by telling all that Novato was a springboard to the real gravy train in Sacramento. I'll vote for him next time for Senate, not because I want him in Sacramento, but because I want him to leave here. Tell him he can take the SMART train. He'll be the only passenger.
Bob Ratto January 22, 2014 at 06:33 PM
I think this is a good decision, when you spread yourself too thin, you cannot properly focus your efforts.
Mark Burnham January 22, 2014 at 09:15 PM
Showing maturity.
Craig Belfor January 22, 2014 at 09:20 PM
Smart move, Eric. You're learning from your mistakes. It was a mistake to bite off more than you could chew, and you saw this and corrected it. Now you can focus on Novato. You just went up one click in my opinion.
Eleanor Sluis January 22, 2014 at 09:46 PM
Sorry, Eric that you are stepping down- as you are a good speaker and one part of what you once said was related to a building issue and you said you would take it on a case by case basis, not as a general policy. In other words, you were willing to look at an issue with flexibility and I appreciate that. Carol Brant stepped down from running for supervisor and she has made some good points about preserving Marin’s character and keeping low density and less traffic and saving transportation funds for streets, not high costly projects. Good luck to both of you in making Marin and Novato a better place to grow up in and to enjoy the special land use, views, hills, and friendliness that exists because it is a rural, suburban area.
Caleb Klinge January 23, 2014 at 10:02 AM
You had many supporters for your state Senate race Eric, but it’s great to know that you will be able to fully focus on Novato as this year’s Mayor and hopefully for years to come.
Eileen Plunkett January 23, 2014 at 12:39 PM
He had 160 donators...that's why he quit..he saw he could not win. And Bubba, this is a manufactured home park, NOT a trailer park.
Michelle D January 23, 2014 at 02:18 PM
I'm sorry that it did not work out for Eric this time around. I hope he can realize his dreams at some other time in the future and continue to serve the community of Novato. In the few times that I have spoken with him, he seemed to show a good deal of interest in doing the best that he can under the circumstances in working in/ for our sadly run city.
Bubba six pack January 23, 2014 at 03:04 PM
I keep getting thrown off by the wheels.
Craig Belfor January 23, 2014 at 09:38 PM
Hook, line, and sinker, Eileen. You swallowed the "trailer park" bait again. Good to know you're still alive and feisty.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr January 24, 2014 at 08:53 PM
I am sorry to see that Mr. Lucan dropped out. He would make the ideal California career politician. BTW, who else is running for the Senate seat, or has the California "Open" Primary prevented anyone else from running?
Eileen Plunkett January 24, 2014 at 09:00 PM
Craig and Sixpack, not h,l & sinker, we cut the tongues out of people who refer to Los Robles as a trailer park...I still have my wheels btw, they help in an earthquake. Some people sold theirs. But to the issue at hand, I wonder which is worse, Mr Lucan as a state senator or as a council member since both jobs require some modicum of brains.
Bubba six pack January 25, 2014 at 01:58 AM
Eileen, I draw the best out of you when I do that. I went to the Paint the Budget Red party tonight, and met Eric. He's a cute kid, and I hope he has a brilliant career. Somewhere else. Actually, you should be in his shoes. You've got the chops for it. I'd love to see your red pencil come out whenever they try to pull the wool over our eyes. Pretty dull party otherwise. No fights, no twerking, just a lot of brown nosing. Beer was good, tho.


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