Sandy Shafer's name was on the ballot for the primary election in March, but she was not a candidate. In the Nov. 2 general election, she is a candidate, but her name will not appear on the ballot.
Shafer announced Wednesday she has registered to run as a write-in candidate for the 10th District council seat.
Shafer served 13 years on council until her term limit in 2006.
She was eligible to run again this year. In February, the secretary of state's office certified Shafer as a candidate along with council member Doug Martin, the incumbent, and challenger Kevin Williams.
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However, Shafer dropped out of the race in March at her doctor's request after she began undergoing chemotherapy for melanoma, she said. The same doctor approved her to run as her health has improved, she said.
Her candidacy had already been certified, and her name could not be removed from the ballot. Despite newspaper advertisements announcing that Shafer had withdrawn, 1,903 people voted for her, according to Fayette County clerk records.
She came in less than 200 votes behind Martin, who earned 2,095 votes. Williams got 775 votes, records said.
If elected, Shafer said, her goal would be to help direct more than $1 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency grants and city funds to buy and demolish homes on a flood plain in her district.
She said her experience both as a council member and a homeowner whose house regularly floods with sewage have given her unique insight into the issue.
Shafer said she would look at ways to reduce city fees for small businesses, work with police and firefighters unions to modify their overdrawn pension fund and expedite improvements to Clays Mill Road that have been pending for years.
She is one of two write-in council candidates in Lexington. John Samuel Cox is running as a write-in in the Fourth District.