Election day is almost exactly a year from now, but the race for Redding City Council got an early start Friday.
"I am excited to announce that one year from this Tuesday, my name will be on the ballot for Redding City Council."
That's the message from Brent Weaver, owner of Weaver Lumber.
He made the announcement in front of nearly one-hundred supporters in South City Park, an area plagued by illegal drugs and homeless camps.
Weaver says he's using the location as a symbol: what it is now, what it used to be, and what he would like it to be again.
"I care about this community. I'm a third generation citizen of Redding, my kids were born here. I'm going to be here for another 50 years. Let's do what we can to make it the best place to live."
Three of the five seats on the council will be available next year. They currently belong to Francie Sullivan, Patrick Jones and Rick Bosetti.
Bosetti said he won't run again.
Weaver, who is only 38-years-old, said he's running for office for a number of reasons, including showing his children what he believes is the right thing to do.
"I can't think of anything more important as a father than to show my kids, by my actions, what I think is the right way to conduct yourself."
There are a few other candidates with intentions to run for office, but they haven't gone public yet.