On Saturday, Carolina Ventura ended her campaign for the Ward 1 City Council seat, issuing this statement:
First, I wanted to thank everyone for your support throughout my campaign. I have been humbled by the overwhelming support I have received from this amazing community.
As sometimes happens, life had other plans. My wife and I were granted an opportunity to purchase a forever home here in Newton, something that we have been pursuing for years. Unfortunately, our new home would be just outside of the Ward and while I would not live there during the entirety of the campaign, should I win, I would be living outside the Ward I wished to serve fully.
While we have considered many options, I felt it best to continue honestly, and in the spirit of transparency and accountability, and bow out of the race for Ward 1 City Councilor.
We should still be proud of the work we did together to get to this point. Together, we created a campaign based on effective progressive leadership that built consensus around difficult concerns. I believe in this vision and believe that this vision of progressive leadership far exceeds just one person.
As always, I will continue to be passionately involved in the civic life of this city, and look forward to joining together to move our city forward towards its best future.