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Mystery Candidate Exits Calif. Election

By Associated Press

August 2, 2004, 2:34 PM EDT

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- No one has ever seen or spoken to the Democratic nominee for California's 63rd Assembly District. Now, the mystery man has dropped out of the race as mysteriously as he joined it.

D'Andre McNamee ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination on the March ballot, picking up 16,987 votes. McNamee himself did not vote.

Before that, he garnered 40 signatures for his nomination papers. His $900 filing fee was paid for by the state Democratic Central Committee, the San Bernardino County Sun newspaper reported last week.

But spokesmen for the state and county parties said they have never met McNamee and know little about his candidacy. One official even sent along a Christmas card, which went unanswered.

"Due to family and business concerns, as well as the reality that it will be impossible for a Democrat to win, I am dropping out of the race," McNamee said in a press release. The release was issued by a man claiming to be a friend of his.

The statement said the candidate is 31 and co-owns McNamee Trucking in Ontario. But the company's mailing address is in Rancho Cucamonga, according to the secretary of state's office. Candidacy papers for McNamee say he lives in Upland, but no listing was found for the candidate or his company.

The Sun said it made repeated calls over several months to a number on the candidacy papers. None were returned. Visits to the listed address proved fruitless.

McNamee's name will stay on the November ballot, a spokesman for the state party said.

Copyright © 2004, The Associated Press

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