Blackmon-Brace to run for City Council again

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By Johnathan Ryan

Former city councilwoman and mayoral candidate Linda Blackmon-Brace announced Thursday that she'll be running for Lancaster City Council again – this time for District 3.

Blackmon-Brace, who represented District 2 from 2002-06, said she has the passion for the job and city residents want her back on City Council.

"There's not a day that goes by that I don't hear from people about how much they miss me," she said. "They say, 'Please tell me you'll come back.'"

Blackmon-Brace said she has a love for elected service.

"When people say they have passion for you and you yourself have passion, you know you're coming back," she said.

The District 3 seat is now held by Councilman Audrey Curry. Curry, who is now in his fourth term of being on council, could not be reached for comment on Thursday on whether he will seek the seat again.

"Audrey has done a wonderful job, but I think I can do a better one," Blackmon-Brace said.

The filing period for the non-partisan election begins Aug. 1. The general election is Nov. 4.

Her decision to run

Blackmon-Brace said she's now living in a house in District 3, which she bought a year and a half ago and renovated.

Her former Arch Street home in District 2 is now the site of her foundation, The Michael Blackmon Foundation.

She said she loved the idea of living closer to her siblings, who live in District 3.

During the campaign, Blackmon-Brace said she hopes to visit every home in District 3 and learn exactly what the people of that district want from City Council.

Blackmon-Brace said she wants the Gay Street park to get proper lighting, and have a level of quality equal to other city parks. She said she'll work to continue housing rehabilitation in the area, mentioning the old Southside Grant funds still held by the city.

More roads within the city could use attention, she said.

Blackmon-Brace said working with all levels of government to bring more jobs to the city of Lancaster is a top issue for her.

She said that will be done by offering attractive incentives to businesses to relocate and touting the city's high level of services, such as top notch fire and police departments.

"We need growth in the city, not only the county. We need to offer businesses incentives," she said.

The people of District 3 need a full-time council person, and Blackmon-Brace said she is ready to do that.

"If you want to get things done and know what's going on, you have to be at the table," she said. "You have to be engaged."

Contact reporter Johnathan Ryan at jryan@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 416-8416