Josh Becker withdraws from Assembly race

Menlo Park venture capitalist drops out of crowded contest for Rich Gordon's state seat due to family health crisis

California state Assembly candidate Josh Becker announced over email on Friday, March 11, that he will no longer be running in the 2016 race for the District 24 seat due to a family health crisis.

Becker announced his candidacy in February.

In an email, he said his father just underwent surgery for a "serious and aggressive brain cancer" in Philadelphia, and after a visit there, decided to drop out of the race to "provide my Dad and my family the support they need at this difficult time.

"As important as my candidacy for the State Assembly may be to me, nothing is more important to any of us than our families," he said.

District 24 covers Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, Atherton, Menlo Park, Woodside, Portola Valley, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, a portion of Cupertino and the San Mateo County coastside from El Granada to the Santa Cruz County border. The Assembly seat for District 24 is now held by Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, who will be termed out this year.

The other candidates for the seat are Mike Kasperzak, a 14-year Mountain View city councilman; Marc Berman, development director at the Silicon Valley Education Foundation and a Palo Alto city councilman; Vicki Veenker, an intellectual property attorney and president of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley; Peter Ohtaki, Menlo Park City councilman; Barry Chang, current mayor of Cupertino; Seelam Reddy, a retired Palo Alto engineer; and two recently announced candidates: Libertarian Mountain View Councilman John Inks and Jay Blas Jacob Cabrera, a Palo Alto community volunteer who also plans to run for U.S. Senate and two seats in two different districts of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Posted by Sea Reddyf
a resident of College Terrace
on Mar 12, 2016 at 3:01 pm

My prayers.

Hope your father gets well.

Sea Reddy

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Posted by Palo Alto citizen
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 12, 2016 at 4:43 pm

Really sorry to see anyone have to go through that. All the best to your whole family through this difficult time.

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Posted by Cassie
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 13, 2016 at 10:50 am

Hope all goes well. Not a good thing to get that kind of dignosis,went through that with my husband and was not a happy ending.

All the best!

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Posted by stephen levy
a resident of University South
on Mar 13, 2016 at 10:57 am

stephen levy is a registered user.

Best wishes Josh.

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Posted by Barry Chang
a resident of another community
on Mar 17, 2016 at 10:52 am

Best wishes Josh. I just saw the news. Sorry to hear that your father is ill. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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