Barbara Capozzi, the South Philadelphia real estate broker who came very close to winning a seat on City Council four years ago, sent supporters an email Wednesday night announcing that she is dropping her second bid for a Council seat this year.

Capozzi said she was conflicted about her decision but cited three reasons creating "insurmountable" odds for victory -- a crowded Democratic field in the May 19 primary for five at-large seats, poor ballot position in that race and a lack of endorsement from the Democratic City Committee.

"To all my supporters and friends, I am sorry to let you down and leave our issues unrepresented on Council," Capozzi wrote. "We must stay involved, and stay motivated to help Philadelphia change for the better DESPITE the efforts of too many to stay firmly rooted in the past."

Capozzi came within 40 votes of winning the 2011 Democratic primary election for the 2nd District Council seat.  She challenged her loss to now-Councilman Kenyatta Johnson in court but a judge dismissed that case.

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