Fletcher leaves Republican Party

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, who is running to
be San Diego's next mayor, announced Wednesday he has decided to leave the
Republican Party to become an independent.

Fletcher announced his decision in a video clip posted on his campaign
website, nathanfletcher.com. He says he has been struggling with the decision
for “some time.”

“Today I am leaving the Republican party and becoming an independent,”
Fletcher said. “In my heart, I believe it's what's right and what best
reflects my values. I also believe it's what's right for our city moving
forward …”

Appearing to decry the contentious nature of the current political
climate, he added: “I don't believe we have to treat people we disagree with
as an enemy.”

Fletcher, who served a decade in the Marine Corps, currently represents
the 75th District in the California State Assembly. He is running to replace
Mayor Jerry Sanders, who will be termed out.

Other mayoral candidates include Councilman Carl DeMaio, a Republican;
District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, a Republican; and Rep. Bob Filner, D-San
Diego. The job is non partisan.

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