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Somoza withdraws from School Board race

Political hopeful John Somoza withdrew this week from his bid to challenge incumbent Jeff Hicks for his Zone 6 position on the Beaverton School Board.

'It is with great regret that I am withdrawing from the election,' said Somoza in a letter submitted Tuesday afternoon. 'My current professional demands do not allow me the time that I believe is necessary to properly represent the Beaverton School District voters.'

Somoza, who was among the first candidates to file for the May 17 election, works in strategic business development for Intel Corporation.

'I want to thank all my supporters who encouraged me to pursue this opportunity, and I want to also say that I plan on continuing to help make Beaverton - home to my family for the last 17 years - the best city to live in,' Somoza said.

He also plans to continue to seek out volunteer opportunities in the community, such as his recent work on the Beaverton Civic Plan Steering Committee and previous work with the Beaverton Committee for Citizen Involvement.

'I will also continue to volunteer with the Washington County Sheriff's Office and to continue to open our home to foster children,' Somoza added. 'And, yes, I will be open to potential future elected positions where I feel my expertise and education would be an asset to my neighbors in Beaverton.'

Somoza previously challenged Beaverton City Councilor Marc San Soucie for his Position 5 seat last May. In that bid for office, Somoza lost his challenge to the incumbent.

Somoza wished Hicks luck in his re-election to the board and encouraged him 'to ensure that every student in the Beaverton School District is elevated to their highest potential.'