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Former Flagstaff City Councilmember Celia Barotz on Sunday announced her intention to run for mayor during the 2020 election.  

Barotz said she was "excited" to be running for the office, but said she could not comment further at this time. 

First elected to the city council in 2010, Barotz spent eight years on the council, including as the vice-mayor. She did not run for reelection in 2018.

In a post on Facebook announcing her candidacy on Sunday, Barotz said she was running because of all the challenges facing Flagstaff.

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Barotz added that should she be elected, she would bring experience, an understanding of the city and a commitment to communicating with citizens.

Barotz joins Councilmember Jamie Whelan in seeking the office of mayor. Whelan’s announcement in June of her intention to run coincided with Mayor Coral Evans' decision that she would not be seeking a third term in the office.

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Adrian Skabelund can be reached at the office at askabelund@azdailysun.com, by phone at (928) 556-2261 or on Twitter @AdrianSkabelund.

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