Citing concerns over state and federal intervention into local issues, Doug Rankin has decided to run for Westerville City Council.
Rankin will challenge incumbents Kathy Cocuzzi, Jenifer French, Mike Heyeck and Larry Jenkins, all of whom are running for re-election, in the race for four council seats Nov. 5.
"The reason I decided to throw my hat into the arena is I knew it was time to stand up," Rankin said. "It's time to stand up to these external units -- like the county, our capital city, the legislature -- from taking our sovereignty of city function and taking our earnings through taxes."
Rankin, 69, is a Vietnam veteran who spent his career as a civilian comptroller for the United States Department of Defense, overseeing budgets for projects around the world.
Rankin holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Albright College and a master's degree in business and accounting from Bucknell University.
According to his resume, Rankin also has studied management and comptrollership at Syracuse University, professional military comptrollership at Maxwell Air Force Base and national security decision-making at the Naval War College.
Rankin said he believes his professional experience can help him to better oversee and manage local funds.
He said he also believes he can help lead at the local level to change politics from the bottom up, through the county, state and federal levels.
"It's time for all citizens to lead from the bottom up, since we don't have total leadership in Washington," Rankin said.
Rankin is a member of the Westerville American Legion, the Westerville VFW, Westerville Sertoma, the Minutemen and Albright College's President's Council.
Rankin recently completed the city of Westerville's Citizen's Academy.