Derby's mayor filed Thursday to run for the District 5 seat held by Gwen Welshimer on the Sedgwick County commission.
Dion Avello, a Republican who has been mayor for about six years, said he's ready for a new challenge.
"We've grown Derby to a place where it's a nice place to live and shop and all that," he said. "I believe that we need to continue to build the county in the same vein with high-tech industry."
Avello, 69, said he wants to see the county go after cutting-edge industries such as wind energy. "I know we can go get them," he said. "We've got to get out of this recession."
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The general election is Nov. 2, 2010. District 5 covers southeast Sedgwick County.