Hook columnist considers run for Council

The Squeaky Wheel may eventually have to go on hiatus, but the City Council race just got more interesting with the entry of transportation activist Peter Kleeman, who is collecting signatures to get on the November ballot as an independent, Charlottesville Tomorrow reports.

Former VDOT engineer Kleeman has been a green transportation consultant since 1997, and falls into the Meadow Creek Parkway opposition camp.

He last ran for City Council in 2000 as a "Democrat for Change," along with Maurice Cox and Kevin Lynch, but was edged out by Meredith Richards.

Kleeman needs to collect 125 signatures by June 12 to get on the ballot, and he'll face three Democrats, who will be chosen at the party's June 2 caucus. So far, no Republicans have entered the race.