Term-limited district Metro Council members Eric Crafton and Sam Coleman have officially qualified to run for council at-large seats.
Each had earlier told The City Paper he was considering a run. Both turned in the required petition signatures earlier this week, days before the May 19 qualifying deadline.
“After a lot of thought and careful consideration, and encouragement from family and friends, I’ve decided that I’m going to run,” said Crafton, who represents parts of Bellevue.
Crafton, who has developed a name as one of Mayor Karl Dean’s fiercest critics and for pushing an unsuccessful "English-only" referendum, lost last year in the Juvenile Court Clerk’s race. He had been considering a mayoral run prior to Councilman Michael Craddock’s entrance into the mayor’s race.
Coleman, who represents parts of Antioch, lost last year as the Democratic nominee in the state House District 60 seat to Republican Jim Gotto.
Coleman could not immediately be reached for comment.
The arrival of Crafton and Coleman adds two more to a list of at-large candidates that includes all five incumbents: Megan Barry, Tim Garrett, Jerry Maynard, Ronnie Steine, Charlie Tygard. An incumbent at-large member has never lost a re-election bid.
Other at-large candidates include Councilwoman Vivian Wilhoite, Renard Francois, Ken Jakes, Donna Crawford, Charles Townshend Jr., and Keith Speer, among others.
Election Day is Aug. 4.