Stober drops out of state Senate race

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Vancouver businessman and equal rights advocate Ty Stober, 40, said Tuesday night he is dropping out as a candidate for the state Senate.

Stober, a Democrat, announced in February his candidacy for the 49th District seat being vacated by Democrat Craig Pridemore, who is running for state auditor.

Stober works as consumer products manager for the nonprofit Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance. He is board chair for Seattle-based Equal Rights Washington, one group that played a hand in bringing the same-sex marriage bill before the 2012 state Legislature.

Democrat Annette Cleveland, who does government affairs work for Legacy Health, is running for Pridemore’s seat.

Stober said he was dropping out to concentrate “on the upcoming battle to defend the state’s marriage equality law.”