Less than a month after the ballot is set, candidate Greg Acho bows out

Greg Acho

By Brian Park

The race for three seats on the San Juan Capistrano City Council is down to eight candidates after Gregory Acho announced Wednesday he would be withdrawing from the race.

Acho, president of CTE Media Group, a local digital marketing business, said increased demands from his work necessitated the decision.

“It would be difficult for me to devote the time necessary to campaign,” Acho said in a statement. “But more importantly, if I were elected, my time would be limited in performing the important duties of a City Council member.”

Acho’s name will still appear on the ballot, however. The deadline to officially withdraw from the race passed Aug. 8.

The ballot order was officially set by a random drawing by the Secretary of State on Aug. 14. The ballot will be presented in the following order: Jan Siegel, Derek Reeve, Pam Patterson, Acho, John Taylor, Robert Williams, Stephanie Frisch, Kerry Ferguson and Larry Kramer.

Kramer, Reeve and Taylor are all incumbents.

Acho was also the lone candidate not to submit a ballot statement.

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