Greg Peterson is hoping to make a reappearance on Dublin City Council.

Greg Peterson is hoping to make a reappearance on Dublin City Council.

After longtime Council-woman Cathy Boring last week announced she would not run for re-election this fall, Peterson announced his intent to run for the Ward 1 seat.

Peterson served one term on Dublin City Council in 1997 and said he has lately been thinking of getting involved.

"I had decided it was something I was interested in doing," Peterson said. "Obviously the city is really going to miss Cathy and her dedication and service ... . I said I was going to get more involved. It just seemed as though the timing and opportunity is perfect for my getting involved."

With a new baby and busy law career, Peterson decided not to run for a second term in 2000.

"Tatum (my daughter and first child) was born while I was on council which is what led me to the conclusion I didn't want to serve a second term," he said.

"I didn't want to miss nights with my daughter."

Peterson's daughter is now 12 and his youngest son, Zachary, is 9, so he said he has more time to get involved with the community again.

Going into the fall election, Peterson carries some experience.

"The expansion of the recreation center happened when I was on council," he said.

"Ballantrae happened while I was on council, but I was a tiny part of that."

Peterson said hisfirst term on council showed him how well-run Dublin is with a city manager government that works hard to enforce zoning and creates strong relationships with private businesses.

"Council, staff and private business -- when all three work together, they make Dublin a fantastic machine," he said.

The Bridge Street district has been a major focus of Dublin City Council over the past few years and Peterson said he's no stranger to city projects.

During his first council term, the city was working to purchase a gas station and car wash at the intersection of Bridge and High streets.

"There was tremendous planning and different studies and traffic studies to decide what old Dublin should look like," Peterson said.

"I remember being frustrated because there was a lot of planning and talking being done and it didn't seem like there was a lot of execution," he said.

When Peterson left council there was still an empty lot in Historic Dublin, but things changed.

"If you look at it now, it's perfect," he said.

"I think the same thing is going on now in the Bridge Street corridor. People feel the synergy that everything is happening and moving," Peterson said.

"It's a fantastic opportunity to take the similar success there's been in the old Dublin area and push it up the hill towards Sawmill Road."

Plans for riverside parks and a pedestrian bridge near the state Route 161 and Riverside Drive area have Peterson excited.

"I always thought the river was a resource that should be more exploited than it is," he said.

"The Bridge Street corridor development is going to put a focus on the river and get people out of their cars."

The seats of Mayor Tim Lecklider in ward four, Vice Mayor Amy Salay in ward two and John Reiner in ward three are also up for election this fall.