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Newark Councilwoman Ana Apodaca will not seek re-election

NEWARK — Vice Mayor Ana Apodaca, a City Council member since 2005, has announced she will not seek re-election.

The two-term Newark councilwoman revealed her decision at a city meeting Thursday night, saying that recent “life-changing moments” have led her to reassess her priorities.

“It has been my complete honor to be a part of Newark’s City Council and my privilege to be entrusted by our citizens to represent them,” she said, reading from a written statement. “This has not been an easy decision.”

The councilwoman’s sister, Deborah Apodaca, died a year ago, and her father, Daniel Apodaca, died in May.

The loss of her family members played a major role in her decision, Apodaca said.

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Chris DeBenedetti