Newport Beach City Council candidate Barbara Venezia late Tuesday announced that she is withdrawing from the race.
Her announcement came during a meeting with the Daily Pilot's editorial board. Venezia was at the Pilot's office to interview for the newspaper's endorsement. The paper's editorial board — consisting of Publisher Tom Johnson, Editor S.J. Cahn, City Editor Carol Chambers and websites General Manager Tony Dodero — has been meeting during the last week with the candidates running for Newport Beach and Costa Mesa city councils and the Newport-Mesa Unified School District board of trustees.
Venezia was challenging appointed incumbent Leslie Daigle for the District 4 seat, which includes Santa Ana Heights and Eastbluff.
It is a race that in the last week had become more contentious.
First, Venezia was the target of an attack suggesting that she had a conflict of interest if she served as a councilwoman because her husband, Stan Tkaczyk, used to own Rainbow Disposal, which operates in Newport.