It's official: Murrieta City Councilman Randon Lane is running for another four-year term.
Of who have announced their intentions of seeking election to the Murrieta City Council in November, as of Thursday incumbent Lane was the lone candidate to have submitted the required paperwork, according to Murrieta City Clerk Kay Vinson.
Others who have pulled election packets from City Hall include Harry Ramos, David Meuting and John Paul Serbin. Mayor Doug McAllister's term is expiring along with Lane's, but he has not yet announced whether he intends to run again.
There are two seats up for election, so Lane will need to defeat any contenders to keep his.
Lane, 43, said he is seeking office again because he wants to continue working toward improving the city's infrastructure and public safety.
"I thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to serve at the local level because you get to see decisions you make happen," Lane said. "I have made decisions on the California Oaks and Clinton Keith projects and the Jefferson Avenue widening. I have seen decisions I've helped make take effect and improve people's lives."
He went on to say that while he has been in office, the city opened its fifth fire station, and has added officers to the police force.
There are other things he would still like to see happen, such as breaking ground on The Triangle. A commercial project has long been planned for the large chunk of acreage where Interstates 15 and 215 meet in Murrieta.
"I would like to see that come to fruition," Lane said. "It is not just about the next four years, but what I leave to the future generations of Murrieta."
If re-elected, Lane said this would be his second and last term.
However, he would able to serve one more under the new term limits if he chose to. Measure C, which was approved by voters in 2010, limits council terms to two consecutive. However, city council voted to make the term limits effective as of the 2010 election and Lane was elected in 2008.
Editor's Note: Patch plans to provide coverage of all official candidates leading up to the November election.