Kai Stinchcombe, a 2005 Stanford graduate and a start-up founder, has dropped out of the race for a state Assembly seat in California's 21st district.
In a press release, Assembly candidate Josh Becker announced Mr. Stinchcombe's withdrawal from the race and subsequent decision to support Mr. Becker's candidacy.
Both men live in Menlo Park.
"Josh is a rising star with a great political future ahead of him," Mr. Stinchcombe is quoted as saying in the press release. "With Josh, I know I will be extremely satisfied with the quality of my representation in Sacramento."
According to Mr. Becker, Marc Berman, a Redwood City attorney, dropped out of the race in November and also threw his support to Mr. Becker.
The other contenders for the seat are San Mateo County Supervisor Rich Gordon, and former Palo Alto city council member Yoriko Kishimoto.
The term of Ira Ruskin, who currently holds the seat, expires this year.