Monday marked the beginning of the candidate filing period for the November ballot and candidates are lining up in Concord.
Running so far are appointed councilman Dan Helix, planning commissioner Tim McGallian and Ed Birsan, president of the Concord Friends of the Library. Birsan pulled paperwork Monday.
Vice Mayor Bill Shinn is not seeking re-election, citing health problems. There are two seats up for grabs on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Helix, who served on council from 1968-76, returned to council when he was appointed to serve the final two years of Mark Peterson's term. Peterson left when he was elected district attorney.
Helix, 82, initially did not plan to run for a four-year term but said being on council "woke me up again." When his wife asked him if he planned to run, he said he told her, "I'd rather wear out than rust out."
The filing period ends Aug. 10, but will be extended to Aug. 15 for Concord if one or more of the incumbents does not file by the deadline.
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