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Here’s some news for you political junkies:

Johnnie Perkins, the former government representative of San Diego’s firefighters union and a current executive with a local waste management firm, says he’s out of the race for City Council District 7.

Here’s a statement he just sent over:

I’ve looked into the eyes of the City, I’ve looked into my own eyes and I’ve looked into the eyes of my son and I’ve seen the future. And, that future does not involve my running for the San Diego City Council in 2008.

My son just recently turned 5 and if I were fortunate to be chosen to serve on the City Council that commitment would be for the next 4, possibly 8, years and I do not want to be in a position of having to attend a late evening council meeting giving up a little league or school function involving my son.

I have also been given an opportunity to play a larger role in the future of Allied Waste Services, the second largest integrated solid waste management company in the U.S. and have made a long-term commitment to working in the municipal sales and marketing division.

While I will not pursue a seat on the City Council in District 7 next year, I do plan on running in the future and continuing my service to my neighborhood and community.

Perkins had confirmed several months ago that he would campaign for the chance to replace City Councilman Jim Madaffer, whose term is up in 2008.

SCOTT LEWIS

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