Sylvester Betts filed his qualifying papers Monday to seek Meridian's Ward 2 council seat.
He's running as a Democrat for the position currently held by Mary Perry.
Betts has 24 years experience in the insurance and financial planning industry.
"I'm concerned about the issues that we are faced with in Meridian, about the growth process, about the basic services. I think we need to go back to the basic services and why the constituents are sending the council people to City Hall in the first place," Betts said, "and that's to represent the people of each ward."
Although he is running as a Democrat, Betts said he doesn't think party affiliation is a big issue on the local government level. Perry is also seeking reelection.
The deadline for qualifying is 5:00 p.m. on Friday.