Sandra Seegars has announced plans to run for the Ward 8 City Council seat that's currently held by veteran Councilmember Marion Barry.
In announcing her intention on Oct. 22 at Secrets of Nature in Southwest, Seegars added that Leo Alexander, a small business owner, will serve as her campaign manager.
According to Seegars, she has already spent $3,000 in an exploratory campaign to gather support for the 2012 race in which Barry also intends to compete.
Seegars said that Secrets of Nature, a natural food store and restaurant, is slated to be razed to make way for stores with offices and apartments.
"I think this is unfair to the businesses that are there now," Seegars said. "As [Ward 8] Council member, I would preserve the current businesses by renovating them with tax incentive programs. They would be reinforced to withstand offices/apartments built above them."