Manuel C. Guaderrama, a deputy chief with the San Diego Police Department, said Monday that he has decided against entering the race for sheriff of San Diego County.

Guaderrama, a member of the police force for 27 years, had been considering joining the field of candidates seeking to oust incumbent Sheriff John Duffy. He earlier said that City Manager John Lockwood had agreed to allow him an unpaid leave of absence from his city post to pursue the seat.

But, after lengthy discussions with his family over the Thanksgiving weekend, Guaderrama said he decided not to file his candidacy. He cited the expense of campaigning, along with the fact that he would have no personal income during the campaign, which ends with a general election in November.

"It all adds up to an awful lot of time and money, and no guarantees," he said.

The remaining prospective candidates, besides Duffy, are ex-San Diego Police Chief Ray Hoobler, Escondido Police Chief Vince Jimno and Sheriff's Capt. Jim Roache.

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