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Debbie Mytels drops from council race

Citing too many demands on her time, Debbie Mytels withdrew from the Palo Alto City Council race Tuesday.

"I made a mistake thinking I could handle the workload of the campaign," Mytels told the Weekly Tuesday evening.

Mytels, associate director of the environmental group Acterra, said she also has other community and family commitments.

"It's just been pretty much of a crushing workload. I could see that I just wasn't going to be able to manage it all during the next 10 weeks," she said.

"I just don't have that many hours in my life."

Mytels, 59, entered the race in late July but she had already generated strong community support and raised $4,000. She did not say what she plans to do with the money.

"I had a really great team. … I really appreciate everyone's support," Mytels said.

Mytels said she believes "Palo Alto will be in good hands" whatever the outcome of the election. She said she will continue working to improve the community.

Without Mytels, only one woman -- Stella Marinos, a nurse new to Palo Alto politics -- remains in the 11-candidate field. The candidates are vying for four seats vacated by council members LaDoris Cordell, Bern Beecham, Dena Mossar and Judy Kleinberg. Cordell chose not to seek reelection, and the others were precluded from running becasuse they have served two terms.

If Marinos is not elected, Mayor Yoriko Kishimoto would be the only woman on the council.

Several candidates, including Sid Espinosa and Pat Burt, are holding campaign kick-off events the weekend of Sept. 8.

The election is Nov. 6.

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