Hannah Alstead, a 25-year-old outreach director for U.S. Sen. Tina Smith, announced Wednesday she no longer plans to seek election to an at large seat on the Duluth City Council. She originally had declared her intention to enter the race at a May 12 news conference.

PREVIOUSLY: Alstead jumps into Duluth City Council race

Alstead expressed gratitude for the initial support she had received as a candidate but issued a statement: "I'm stepping aside to support Terese Tomanek's and Renee Van Nett's pursuits to stay on the council. They both govern in ways that are inclusive, and I admire their ability to bring all to the table during decision making."

Meanwhile, two previously unannounced candidates have quietly filed papers to run: Dezuwon "Pez" Davila, a program director for Neighborhood Youth Services, and Timothy L. Meyer, CEO and president of Meyer Group Architecture of Duluth.

Seven candidates have so far filed as candidates for two at large seats that will be up for grabs in November. In addition to Meyer and Davila, those running include incumbent Terese Tomanek, Azrin Awal, Nancy Stam, Ashlie Castaldo and Joe Macor.

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The deadline for candidates to formally enter the race is Tuesday, June 15.

This story originally listed the incorrect deadline for Duluth City Council candidates to file. It was updated at 9:34 a.m. June 10. The News Tribune regrets the error.