Another veteran of Mountain View politics is throwing his hat into the ring. John Inks, who left the council in 2016 after reaching the two term limit, has filed papers last week to run again.
He is now the fifth candidate expected to square off in this November's election for the three council seats up for contest. Also in the race are Planning Commissioner Ellen Kamei, Planning Commissioner Lucas Ramirez, Councilwoman Pat Showalter and Mayor Lenny Siegel.
As a dyed-in-the-wool Libertarian, Inks has championed small-government principles both in and out of office. His adherence to this ideology has been clear and consistent, even though it often left him in a lonely position on Mountain View's liberal-leaning City Council.
During his time on the council, he has opposed tougher gun control laws, increasing the minimum wage, flying the pride flag, and declaring Mountain View as a human rights city. When it comes to casting his vote, he has pointed to the budget cost to explain why he was rejecting a project. While these votes have sometimes outraged critics, they have only made Inks more popular among his support base in the city.
Most recently, Inks has helped advocate for a November ballot measure to weaken the city's rent control law.
Inks could not be immediately be reached for comment for this story.