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Less than a month after Celia Barotz announced her intention to run for the position of Flagstaff Mayor during the 2020 election, the former city councilmember ended her campaign.

Barotz made the announcement through a post on her campaign’s Facebook page posted on October 19.

“It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing that I’m unable to continue to collect signatures to place my name on the ballot for the mayoral election in 2020,” the post read. “Please know that I deeply appreciate the tremendous support I’ve received for my campaign so far. It’s really meant so much to me.”

Barotz told the Arizona Daily Sun she had realized her heart was not in the race only after she had announced she would seek the office. 

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"My feet said 'go,' but my heart said 'no,'" Barotz said. 

First elected in 2010, Barotz has previously spent two terms as a member of city council and at times as vice-mayor.

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Barotz's decision to drop out of the race leaves councilmember Jamie Whelan without an opponent in the mayoral election. 

Nonetheless, Barotz said she hopes someone else takes her place in seeking the office as she said she believes it is important to have a competitive race for mayor. 

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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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