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Teola Sanders has supported Mayor Ronald V. Dellums of Oakland for over 40 years.

That includes Mr. Dellums’s 13 victorious Congressional campaigns and the race four years ago, when a coalition of Oakland residents, including Ms. Sanders, a prominent black activist, persuaded him to give up a lucrative Washington lobbying practice to run for mayor.

But Ms. Sanders said her support had run its course.

“He should not ever run again,” she said. “Oakland needs a stronger mayor. He doesn’t do his job.”

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