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November 11, 2011
Joe Yee running to return to Sacramento City Council

Another former councilman is making a run to reclaim his seat a decade after leaving office.

Joe Yee, who served on the council for seven months in 2000, announced this week that he will enter the race for the District 4 seat being left vacant by Councilman Rob Fong.

Yee, an architect and the chair of the city's planning commission, was appointed by the City Council to represent District 4 in 2000 when Jimmie Yee was named mayor following the death of Mayor Joe Serna Jr. Jimmie Yee was the area's councilman before and after Joe Yee held the seat (the two men are not related).

A Land Park resident, Yee is vying for the seat that covers his neighborhood, downtown, midtown and the River Oaks section of South Natomas. In a press release announcing his candidacy, Yee said his campaign would focus on business growth, budgetary responsibility, "civility and consensus" and neighborhood participation.

"Our history of neighborhood participation and advocacy must be embraced by promoting citizen accessibility to the political process as we strive to find solutions regarding crime, congestion, the rising costs of living, and other critical problems," Yee wrote.

The other former council member seeking a return is Rob Kerth, who is running in north Sacramento's District 2.

Meanwhile, a fourth rumored candidate for the Land Park and central city district has apparently made up her mind and will not run.

Several people had mentioned Kiyomi Burchill as a possible candidate. In addition to serving on the planning commission, Burchill is also the former head of the Sacramento County Young Democrats.

"I'm very grateful to all the people that have reached out and offered to support me," she told me in an email. "Right now, I'm focused on my work on the City Planning Commission because I'm committed to preserving the quality of life in Sacramento."

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