San Diego Unified school board candidate Scott Barnett is dropping out of the race, citing limited time. Barnett, a former Republican political consultant and president of, announced in August that he was running to replace trustee Mitz Lee. Lee, in turn, is running for City Council.

“I’ll quote Shakespeare: ‘Ambition should be made of sterner stuff,’ as Mark Antony said of Julius Caesar,” Barnett said. “I realized that the time commitment in running, especially given my business, and being a single dad, was already taking more time than I wanted. … I just don’t want to lose that time with my kids.”

Barnett said he knew of another likely candidate for the spot, a man with “significant education experience,” but declined to name the person.

Another contender for the spot is John Lee Evans, a Democratic clinical psychologist who once planned to run for Congress. Evans lives in University City, and has watched three children graduate from San Diego Unified schools.


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