Charter Schools Founder Steve Barr Drops L.A. Mayoral Bid, Leaving Garcetti’s Path to Re-Election Clear

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Charter school founder Steve Barr, seen in June 2016, ended his bid for mayor, saying he was "reeling" from the presidential election. He had reported raising less than $18,000 for his campaign. (Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

Charter school founder Steve Barr has abandoned his bid to unseat Eric Garcetti, helping the mayor’s campaign as he seeks a second and final term.

Barr, of Silver Lake, announced in a Facebook post Wednesday night that he was no longer running, saying he and others are still “reeling” from the presidential election.

Citing the need for better public schools, affordable housing and homelessness solutions, Barr wrote, “We need real debate on these complicated issues. I could not find that path in the short time and quick turnaround, between our nightmare of a national election, and March 7th. I am so sorry to have let you down.”

Barr could not be reached for comment Thursday.

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