District 4 City Council candidate Anne Marxer drops out of race

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Anne Marxer, a candidate for the District 4 City Council seat,  dropped out of the race because of family reasons.

Marxer’s campaign website has since been cleared out, though there still remains her name, a donation section and text saying “More Street Lights!” Her platforms included adding more street lights to deter crime, which she said has increased in District 4.

“It is true that I had to drop out of the race this cycle due to something that came up in my immediate family,” Marxer said in an email.

Marxer is not completely out of the race, however, according to District 4 candidate Ben Gould, who worked on Marxer’s campaign team in the summer. She is the treasurer for Gould’s campaign team now.

“I’m honored to have her support and thrilled she decided to join my campaign team,” Gould said in an email.

Marxer moved to Berkeley in the early 1990s. She graduated from Mills College with a degree in mathematics in 1993 and received her master’s degree in business administration from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business in 2010.

Marxer currently works as a director at the Daily Kos, a liberal blog and Internet forum.

Marxer has described herself as a “progressive committed to progress” and wanted to focus on crime and homelessness as a City Council member. Marxer previously said she would have used a “housing first” approach to homelessness. She added that she wanted to create “regional partnerships” to address the homeless crisis.

She has attended City Council meetings in the past and said she decided to run for the City Council seat because she has a desire to help people. The incumbent District 4 City Councilmember Kate Harrison previously told The Daily Californian she met Marxer once and described her as a “very pleasant woman.”

According to Gould, Marxer told him she was considering dropping out of the race June 25 and told him of her decision to drop July 11. Gould filed his candidacy for the District 4 City Council seat the following day, with Marxer in control of campaign finances.

Gould added in his email that he thinks Marxer made no formal announcement of her decision to drop out because of the earliness in the campaign season and the subsequent lack of attention paid by voters.

Greg Magofña, who is also running for the District 4 seat and who first reported to the Daily Cal that Marxer dropped out of the race, said in a previous interview with the Daily Cal that Marxer was a sharp woman and that he was happy she decided to get involved with local politics.

Marxer has always focused on national politics, but she just recently got involved with local politics, as she told the Daily Cal in a past interview.

“I’m sorry she’s unable to run, as I believe she would be an excellent Councilmember for our district,” Gould said in an email.

Alyssa Bernardino is the lead city government reporter. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @alybernardino.