FREMONT — Less than two weeks after getting his name on the ballot, upstart mayoral candidate Paul Reeder has dropped out of the race.

"I just realized it was going to take so much money and effort to run an effective campaign," said Reeder, a 33-year-old plumbing contractor.

It's too late for him to get his name removed from the ballot, but Reeder said he was endorsing Councilman Steve Cho, who, like Reeder, is a Republican.

Reeder, a member of the John Birch Society and Golden Gate Minutemen, is the son of Bob Reeder, who sat on the City Council in the 1980s.

Reeder's departure leaves Charles Bartlett as the only Minuteman running for a seat on the City Council on Nov. 4. Four members of the group, which opposes illegal immigration and free-trade agreements, had taken out nominating papers, but all except Bartlett have decided not to run.

Reeder said he wasn't willing to pay the $2,300 needed to get his candidate statement in the voter guide. "I guess I just didn't weigh the cost when I decided to run," Reeder said.

The mayor's race is now down to three candidates: Cho, Mayor Bob Wasserman and former mayor Gus Morrison.

Fremont reporter Matthew Artz can be reached at 510-353-7002 or martz@bayareanewsgroup.com. Read his blog posts at www.ibabuzz.com/tricitybeat.



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