Former Beaufort mayor Bill Rauch is running for City Council.
He is one of four candidates so far for the two seats up for grabs in the Nov. 4 election.
Other candidates are incumbent Donnie Beer and newcomers Phil Cromer and Stephen Murray.
Candidates have until noon Friday to submit paperwork to City Hall. City Council seats are filled in nonpartisan, at-large elections.
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Rauch, 63, lives in Cottage Farms and is a ghostwriter. He filed for the seat Thursday.
He was elected to City Council in 1993 and to the mayor's post for the first of three terms in 1999.
He resigned in 2008 in the wake of an inside trading scandal, which he said was resolved when the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission dropped its lawsuit. "They didn't say I'm guilty and I didn't say I was innocent," he said Thursday.
Rauch said he's getting back into local politics because he sees three key areas of need:
First, the city's parks and their role in the community.
Second, traffic issues and projects that have been dropped.
Third, the city budget.
"It's important to keep track of the taxes and where the money is going," he said.
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