Cook announces candidacy for North Bend City Council

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NORTH BEND - The man who headed up a petition drive that lead the City Council to drop a controversial cell-phone ordinance has announced he'll seek the position currently held by the man who proposed that potential law.

David Cook said it was the ordeal of organizing the effort to collect more than 880 signatures to allow residents to change public law that led him to seek Council position 5, currently held by Councilman Ed Carlson.

"That was a real turning point for me. I went door to door and talked to people first hand," said Cook. "I never thought at the time about running for a council seat; I was motivated by something that wasn't right."

Cook said the move to seek Carlson's seat wasn't calculated, but rather chosen for his affinity for the number five.

"Council position 5 is my lucky number," said Cook.

Carlson, who's council term ends at the end of the year, has announced that he will make a bid to become the city's next mayor in the fall. That seat will be vacated by Mayor Joan Simpson, who has announced that she will not seek a third term. Carlson's filing for the mayoral spot would exclude him from seeking another term on the council.

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