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A newcomer to Eau Claire politics intends to run for a City Council seat in April's elections.

Local real estate agent John Lor announced Wednesday his plans to seek one of five at-large seats that will be on the April 2 ballot.

Lor's campaign announcement states that he's lived in Eau Claire for 29 years, and the issues he intends to focus on are affordable housing, maintaining a healthy community and economic development.

"I strongly believe the love I hold for my community, my commitment to public service and my prior leadership experience has prepared me well to represent the city," he said in a statement.

Lor's community service includes serving as president of the Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association from 2011 to 2015.

He intends to fill the spot currently held by Michael Xiong, who is not expected to seek re-election in spring, according to the statement.

Lor had served as campaign manager for Xiong's council runs in 2013 and 2016, and co-managed former councilman Thomas Vue's primary campaign this year for a seat in the state Assembly.

The four other incumbent at-large council members are Catherine Emmanuelle, David Strobel, Kate Beaton and Terry Weld.

In addition to the five at-large council seats on the April 2 ballot, Eau Claire voters will decide who should serve one year as council president.

Andrew Werthmann, the city's District 5 councilman who has been acting president since Kerry Kincaid resigned in June, has already announced that he will run for council president in the spring election to fill the final year of Kincaid's three-year term.

City residents interested in running for a council position have until 5 p.m. Jan. 2 to return completed papers to the clerk's office.

The five district seats on the council are not up for election in spring.