As he promised on Election Night in 2007, after losing to Democrat Art Ward, Ken Johnson is aiming for a rematch this time around.
Johnson told the Republican Town Committee last night that he is going to run for mayor this year.
The GOP's town chairman, T.J. Barnes, said today that Johnson is "a great candidate. He does do the work."
"He gave Art Ward a pretty good run for his money the last time around," Barnes said, and could win this year.
I have a call in to Johnson so there will be more later.
Ward is almost certainly running for re-election but hasn't formally announced any plans.
It's not clear if Johnson will face any opposition from within his own party.
City Councilor Mike Rimcoski, a Republican, said he wouldn't be surprised if former Mayor William Stortz also runs for mayor this year.
Stortz just kind of smiled at me when I asked him about that a couple of weeks ago, then he changed the subject. I'll ask him again, though.
Update: Johnson and I swapped phone calls, missing each other so far, but he did send along via email a statement about why he's running again:
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