Considered the strongest challenger to Joe Simitian in the upcoming race for a seat on the County Board of Supervisors, Mt. View Councilmember Margaret Abe-Koga sent a letter to her supporters Thursday announcing she will bow out of the race and throw her support behind the current state senator.
“In November, my good friend State Senator Joe Simitian entered the race, so he could continue his public service to the county,” Abe-Koga wrote. “After a great deal of thought and consultation with my supporters and family, I have decided to withdraw from the race for County Supervisor and throw my support behind Joe.”
That leaves former Saratoga Mayor Kathleen King as Simitian’s lone competition. Simitian will be termed out of the state senate at the end of this year, and he is now looking at returning to his prior job, which he held from 1997 to 2000, before being successfully elected to the state assembly. Simitian served in the assembly for four years until moving on to the state senate in 2004.