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Fifth council candidate files

Longtime council observer Lizabeth Jacobs joined an increasing field of contenders for a City Council seat. Ms. Jacobs, who filed papers Friday to begin raising money for her campaign, said the city is running smoothly.

"I don't think we're facing any problems, just as long as we keep going straight just the way we are," Ms. Jacobs said.

Jacobs is the fifth candidate to file papers to begin raising money. Candidates cannot officially file for election until Feb. 27.

The election is April 10.

Ms. Jacobs is a 19-year resident of the city, 17 of which have been spent keeping up with city politics, she said. She has served on numerous city committees and was head of the Zoning Board of Appeals for many years, she said.

She would like to see the city provide more programs to help teens.

There doesn't seem to be too much for teens to do in town, she said.

"I would like to see more things for the child 13 to 17 who is still in school," she said. "I see them on the street with skateboards, and that is no place for them."

This is the first time Jacobs has run for a seat, she said. Years ago, she filed papers to run, but withdrew soon afterward. She plans to run for council member Peter Altman's unfinished term. Altman resigned his seat at a council meeting last Tuesday because of his plans to run for mayor.

Ms. Jacobs sees big things for the city. She said that the city has come a long way and that programs such as downtown redevelopment have helped it considerably.

Ms. Jacobs said she will not make promises about what she will do in office, but she will listen to what people have to say about the city.

"I don't have an ax to grind," she said.