OAKLAND -- An Oakland native, who served as an intern and aide to then Mayor Jerry Brown, is strongly considering a run for City Council in District 4.

Although he filed campaign papers this month, Nicolas Heidorn, 30, said he will make a final decision about entering the race in the next few weeks.

Heidorn grew up in District 4, and worked for Brown while attending Claremont McKenna College. After graduating from Harvard Law School, Heidorn worked at the law firm of Cooley LLP until last year when Gov. Brown appointed him special assistant to the secretary of the California Protection Agency.

Heidorn said that Oakland is at a critical juncture and that he has been meeting with district residents as he decides whether to become a candidate. "I'm considering running for City Council because I'd like to see a city that is safer; a City Hall that is more accountable to residents and greater partnership between the city, schools and businesses," he said in a prepared statement.

So far the only declared candidate in the District 4 race is Jill Broadhurst, who finished in second place four years ago. The incumbent, Libby Schaaf, is running for mayor rather than seeking re-election to the council.