'Clueless' star Stacey Dash withdraws from congressional race

“Clueless” star Stacey Dash has ended her bid for a seat in California’s 44th congressional district.

The former Fox News commentator announced the news with a statement posted on Twitter. “After much prayer, introspection and discussions with my family, I am withdrawing my candidacy for California’s 44th Congressional District,” she wrote.

The actress said she is still determined “to improve the lives of people who have been forgotten for decades by the Democratic Party.”

“At this point, I believe that the overall bitterness surrounding our political process, participating in the rigors of campaigning, and holding elected office would be detrimental to the health and wellbeing of my family,” the statement went on.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: Actress Stacey Dash arrives at the FOX, 20th Century FOX Television, FX Networks and National Geographic Channel's 2014 Emmy Award Nominee Celebration at Vibiana on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
CLUELESS - 'Secrets and Lies' - Airdate: February 14, 1997. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) RACHEL BLANCHARD;STACEY DASH
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 30: Actress Stacey Dash attends the premiere of Lionsgate Films' 'America' at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on June 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)
Actresses Elisa Donovan (front), Stacey Dash (left), and Rachel Blanchard of the TV comedy series 'Clueless' hang out on a bed, 1996. Dash and Blanchard gossip on a cell phone. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
Actress Stacey Dash performs a comedy bit about Black History Month at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Actress Stacey Dash on set of the Warner Bros. movie ' Moving' in 1988. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Actress Stacey Dash arrives for the premiere of the film "American Sniper" in New York, December 15, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 23: Stacey Dash and Rick Leventhal attend the Orlando Magic vs New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on January 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 06: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actress and TV personality Stacey Dash visits the SiriusXM Studios on June 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 06: The winner of the costume contest (3rd R) poses with costume designer Clueless Mona May, director Amy Heckerling, actresses Stacey Dash, Alicia Silverstone, Elisa Donovan and director of the Los Angeles Film Festival Stephanie Allain at the Film Independent's Pre-Festival outdoor screening of 'Clueless' held at L.A. LIVE on May 6, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Stacey Dash speaks onstage during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
THE MEREDITH VIEIRA SHOW -- Episode AB0161 -- Pictured: (l-r) Stacey Dash, Meredith Vieira -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 15: Actress Stacey Dash attends the 'American Sniper' New York Premiere at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on December 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
THE MEREDITH VIEIRA SHOW -- Episode AB097 -- Pictured: (l-r) Stacey Dash, Meredith Vieira -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 27: Stacey Dash, Donald Faison and Zach Braff attend 'The Exes' - Season 4, which premieres November 5 at 10:30p ET/PT, at Wirtshaus LA on October 27, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images for TV Land)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 30: Actress Stacey Dash attends the premiere of 'America' at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on June 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 15:Stacey Dash and Producer J. W. Cortes attends 'American Sniper' New York Premiere - Outside Arrivals at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on December 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: Actress Stacey Dash arrives at the FOX, 20th Century FOX Television, FX Networks and National Geographic Channel's 2014 Emmy Award Nominee Celebration at Vibiana on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
MILLLION DOLLAR DECORATORS -- 'Andrew Martin International Designer of the Year Awards' -- Pictured: (l-r) Martyn Lawrence-Bullard, Stacey Dash, Voorhies, Lance Bass (Photo by Nicole Wilder/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 08: Actress Stacey Dash attends the Lupus LA Orange Ball on May 8, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Lupus LA)
Damon Wayans, Stacey Dash & Marlon Wayans (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Actress Stacey Dash attends the 2010 International Interior Designer Of The Year Awards Ceremony at Pacific Design Center on October 18, 2010 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/FilmMagic)
CLUELESS - Gallery - Shoot Date: July 26, 1996. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) STACEY DASH
Actress Stacey Dash arrives at the 2010 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter held at Sunset Tower on March 7, 2010 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/WireImage)
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The statement also touched on the backlash Dash, who has served as a conservative commentator on Fox News, has drawn for her comments in the past few years. In 2016, for example, Dash drew ire for saying Black History Month was not necessary. Dash wrote that the “real controversy” is how the 44th district officials have allowed “decades of government corruption and political disempowerment.”

She ended the letter by admitting, “Deciding to withdraw by candidacy was a difficult choice, but I have to go where I feel God is leading me.”

She announced her plans to run for public office in February. The 44th district in California is currently represented by a Democrat, Nanette Barragan, and includes North Long Beach, San Pedro, Watts, and Compton.

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