Just days away from the first debate in the 24th District congressional race, one of 10 people running to succeed Lois Capps announced Sunday that he has suspended his campaign.
Republican candidate Tyler Gross, 29, of Nipomo, owner of legal document processing company The Justice People, filed a statement of candidacy three weeks ago to run for the House of Representatives seat held by Capps, D-Santa Barbara, who is retiring after nine terms in office.
Gross, a self-described moderate Republican, announced in a news release that he is suspending his campaign indefinitely because of an “opportunity” presented to him.
Gross was scheduled to attend a debate from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Cal Poly’s Spanos Theatre.
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As of Monday, Republican candidates Katcho Achadjian and Justin Fareed, as well as Democratic candidates Salud Carbajal, Helene Schneider, Jeff Oshins and William Ostrander, and independent Steve Isakson are scheduled to attend the debate.