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LA MESA -- Village Merchant Shannon O'Dunn, owner of O'Dunn Fine Art on La Mesa Boulevard, was telling friends and colleagues Wednesday that she plans to run for City Council in November.
O'Dunn, who is also a retired college professor, instantly won the endorsement of Mayor Art Madrid and other friends and supporters began filling out endorsement cards on her behalf at Wednesday's Flag Day fundraiser.
"I thought about it and I felt it was the right thing to do so I'm in,'' she told LaMesaToday.com.
O'Dunn has been a respected leader on Village issues and managed, through the tumultuous Property-Based Improvement District debates to keep communication open with all sides of the debate.
She previously ran unsuccessfully for council in 2008 and was attracted again by the possibility of an open seat in November. Current Council member Dave Allen will not be seeking re-election.
While official filing deadlines are still weeks away, the prospective field for the two seats up for grabs in November is getting more crowded. Incumbent Ruth Sterling has been telling everyone who will listen that she is running. Local realtor Laura Lothian, who lost to Madrid in 2010's mayor's race, has said she would seek a council seat. Also, local resident Patrick Dean, the only prospective candidate attending virtually all city meetings over the last two years, has said he would run as well.
There was also a recent City Council meeting sighting of Ian Schiff, the colorful candidate whose run in 2010 lacked votes but not character. Schiff hasn't said if he will be making a return appearance on the ballot.