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San Diego Unified school board member Mitz Lee is sticking with the school board, according to the San Diego Reader. Lee had planned to leave the school board, running for a spot on City Council.

The Reader attributes Lee’s decision to “an impeding school district budget crunch and the arrival of a new superintendent.”

The news follows former school board candidate Scott Barnett’s announcement that he was no longer running for the seat Lee would have vacated. John Lee Evans, a third candidate, could not be reached for comment early Wednesday afternoon on whether Lee’s decision would affect his candidacy.

Lee did not return calls from voiceofsandiego.org this or last week.

EMILY ALPERT

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