BELLINGHAM - Clayton Petree plans to seek the Ward 4 City Council seat being vacated by Stan Snapp.
Petree ran an unsuccessful mayoral campaign in 2011, getting about 4 percent of the vote in the primary election.
If elected to council, Petree said he would make Lake Whatcom water quality a high priority by supporting projects to reduce polluted runoff.
He also stressed the business climate.
"Our local businesses provide the jobs and revenue for Bellingham to be successful," Petree said in a press release. "When business does well here, it lifts us all economically. ... When I graduated from Western (Washington University), I moved to Seattle to find a job. We have so much talent coming from the Community College, Technical College, and our university - we need to retain that talent in Bellingham."
He describes himself as an avid mountain biker and says he wants to increase recreational opportunities inside the city. He also describes himself as a former bicycle designer and product manager who now works as a freelance journalist and community consultant.