Steve Lamb, who represents Ward 3 on the Common Council of the City of Brazil recently confirmed to The Brazil Times he would not run for re-election to his seat, and announced Monday he would be running for Mayor.
"I've been approached by many people in the past year or so who believed I should run for Mayor," Lamb said.
However, Lamb said he was ready to step away from politics when he first decided against running for his position on the council.
"As a whole, I have just become disappointed in the path the current two-party political system has taken with so many people strictly going along with party lines rather than what is best for the people," he said.
His frustration with the party system led to his original announcement in September 2009 he was leaving the Democratic Party, with plans to run for re-election to the council independently.
"Some affiliations don't accept varying views very well and there is a perception that if you are not 100 percent with the views of the party, you are against them," Lamb, who was appointed to the council in July 2007 and elected to a full term in the position the following November, told The Brazil Times. "Personally, I don't think the party I was formerly with fully supported its own candidates."
Leading up to the May 3 Municipal Primary Election, Lamb was ready to back away from politics, in part, due to conflicts between his political and spiritual beliefs.
However, the results of the Primary made him reconsider his decision.
"I made the brief statement about not running for re-election right before the Primary, but I didn't want to go into full detail at the time because I wanted the candidates to be able to enjoy the moment on their own," he said.
As the results rolled in, Lamb began reflecting on his time on the council and realized his desire to see things through.
"Looking back on my time on the council, I am satisfied with the job (Mayor) Ann (Bradshaw), along with myself and the council have done the past few years," he said. "We have so many things in the works right now that I want to see completed, which is part of the reason I have chosen to run for Mayor with the slogan, 'Let's finish what we started.'"
Lamb added he also wanted to give the residents of Brazil another option on the ballot, running as an independent in the upcoming Municipal Primary Election Nov. 8.
Clay County Deputy Clerk Beth Mallinak said individuals deciding to run for Mayor as an independent candidate must receive at least 36 verified signatures on the proper forms, which are available in the Election Office, located on the second floor of the Clay County Courthouse.
"I believe the current administration and council has been very progressive in attempting to improve the city and move it forward." Lamb said. "I want to make sure we continue the progress we have made."