John Adams, son of a former mayor, is seeking to be elected to Columbia City Council this fall.
Adams becomes the third person preparing to challenge incumbent Cameron Runyan in the nonpartisan race for the at-large post on the Nov. 3 ballot.
City Hall needs to concentrate on basics such as improving utility service, parks and police instead of engaging in “very speculative” deals with as the Bull Street development, he said Monday.
“There’s a lot of money being spent in the wrong direction,” he said.
It will be the first bid for office by Adams, 41, a Realtor.
He lives with his family in the Hampton Grant neighborhood. His father Patton was mayor from 1986-90.
Political consultant Tige Watts also has said he is running while hip hop artist Preach Jacobs has said he is considering it.