This story has been updated.
State Sen. Joel Anderson is dropping his bid to unseat fellow Republican Dianne Jacob for county supervisor.
Anderson told the Lincoln Club’s political action committee Friday night he won’t try to keep Jacob from her seventh term representing East County. He’ll instead run for the seat in 2020, once Jacob is termed out, he said at the meeting.
His aborted challenge looks to have come with an added bonus: He found a way to skirt a major campaign finance restriction in the race four years from now. When he turns his attention to the 2020 race, he’ll have an advantage that isn’t open to any other candidate.