Don Bankhead, who joined the race just before Wednesday's filing deadline, is among 12 candidates vying for three seats on the council.
"I gave a lot of thought to whether I wanted to run or not," Bankhead said. "My main reason is that I care about the city."
Bankhead was voted out of office along with F. Richard Jones and Pat McKinley, in part, for what recall organizers said was a lack of leadership in the wake of the death of transient Kelly Thomas after a violent encounter with police officers. The three council members were replaced by Travis Kiger, Doug Chaffee and Greg Sebourn.
Said Sebourn: "Bankhead's filing makes the election that much more interesting.
In 1994, Bankhead was among three council members voted out of office for voting in favor of a 2 percent utility tax a year earlier. He was voted out of office in a recall election in October 1994 but voted back in less than a month later.
Bankhead said "extreme" actions by the new council – mainly an attempt to seek a proposal from the Orange County Sheriff's Department to replace the city's police force – give him a chance to win back a seat. The council last week voted 3-2 against seeking a bid from the Sheriff's Department.
"I don't see that (the City Council) are motivated by the needs of
Of about 70,000 registered voters in
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