Art Bullock filed as a candidate for mayor Tuesday, bumping the field of candidates to seven.




Bullock wrote in a statement that he is running to expand the power of average citizens in city government.




"Ashland's government is run by insiders aggressively pursuing their personal agendas and money interests," he said in a press release. "Insiders get the power. Taxpayers get the bill."




Bullock declined to comment during an attempt to interview him at his home.




Bullock has been active in city politics &

campaigning on behalf of city councilor Jack Hardesty in 2004 and candidate Randy Dolinger in 2006. He filed four lawsuits against the city related to a Nevada Street improvement project and has spoken out against a number of development proposals in addition to the closure of the Glenn Street railroad crossing.




In the May 2007 election, he called attention to proposed city charter amendments that would have left Lithia Park less protected from potential efforts to sell it. The amendments were rejected.




Bullock refused to sign the petition when he filed for mayor &

an action that City Recorder Barbara Christensen asks candidates to do in order to verify that they live in the city limits and are registered to vote. According to county records, there is no one registered to vote at the address Bullock listed, she said.




Candidates must also turn in 25 local signatures to the city in time to be verified by the county by Friday, the deadline to file for city office. All candidates have completed that requirement except for Bullock, Christensen said.




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