El Cajon Mayor Resigns Amid Racism Allegations

By Christina London
|  Friday, Oct 25, 2013  |  Updated 5:18 AM PDT
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El Cajon Mayor Issues Apology to Chaldeans

El Cajon Mayor Mark Lewis has released a statement apologizing to residents who may have been offended by comments he made about Chaldeans that he said were taken out of context. But as NBC 7's Wendy Fry explains, some local leaders are still calling for him to resign.

El Cajon Mayor Accused of Discrimination

Nearly 50,000 Chaldeans live in San Diego's East County. Outside of Iraq, only Deerborn, Michigan has more. Now, some here claim their voices are being drowned out by a city council not interested in diversity. NBC 7's Steven Luke reports.
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El Cajon Mayor Mark Lewis has resigned, according to a report from the UT San Diego.

According to the paper, Lewis said he is stepping down due to health reasons.

The mayor recently came under controversy over comments he allegedly made about the Chaldean community in El Cajon.

Earlier on Thursday, Lewis released a statement, apologizing to residents who may have been offended by comments he made about Chaldeans that he claims were taken out of context.

Lewis has been in office since 1998, according to the El Cajon city website.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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