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Sarah Towell has withdrawn from the Yakima City Council race, leaving incumbent Holly Cousens without an opponent in the general election.

Towell, a 31-year-old stay-at-home mom, announced her withdrawal in an email to the Yakima Herald-Republic.

“Due to personal reasons, I am no longer actively seeking the City Council position,” Towell said in the email.

However, her name will remain on the Nov. 5 ballot.

The deadline for candidates to remove their names from the ballot was May 20.

Towell campaigned on a need for more affordable housing, transitional housing for the homeless, gang prevention and park improvements.

In the August primary, Cousens had 1,508 votes for nearly 69 percent, followed by Towell, who had 388 votes for nearly 18 percent. A third candidate, Tracey Bautista, was eliminated after trailing with 286 votes.

District 7 covers a swath of the city spanning largely from about 40th to 80th avenues and mostly reaches from Tieton Drive to Ahtanum Avenue.

Reach Phil Ferolito at pferolito@yakimaherald.com or on Twitter: @philipferolito