Incumbent Bill Jensen has decided to seek a fourth term in the Nov. 4 election. He is being joined by newcomer John Lynde.
Another newcomer, Darren Eustance, announced last week that he also will seek one of the two open council seats.
The terms of Jensen and Bryan Gossage are both expiring this election cycle. Gossage has yet to announce whether he will seek re-election.
Jensen said concerns about the future of development in town prompted him to make another re-election bid.
“I think Apex is a wonderful place to live and I would like to see that continue,” said Jensen. “I believe I’m probably the most middle-of-the-road voice on town council. I think such a voice is needed. I hope another candidate comes forward who is also middle-of-the-road.”
Jensen pointed out that he was instrumental in the town moving forward with several economic development measures.
“I think we did a lot of good things,” said Jensen. “We have a new website and we made a lot of new contacts. Unfortunately, we didn’t have much success because of the economy, but there are still more things we can do.”
Jensen said the top priority on his agenda is to bring quality businesses to Apex that will give more residents the opportunity to work closer to home. He noted that the current ratio of residential development versus commercial development needs to be improved.
“If we keep our current ratio taxes are going to go up,” said Jensen. “I’m very pro economic growth. It wouldn’t matter to me if we build another house in Apex. What we need is to attract good businesses.
“It’s about quality of life. With more businesses, we can have more Apex residents working right here in town. Whether or not that idea rings a bell with people, I don’t know.”
Jensen hopes to have the opportunity to help mold the massive Veridea project into a development that will benefit the town.
“I have concerns about it right now,” said Jensen. “We have to make sure it gets molded how we want it and make it a true work-live place.”
Lynde could not be reached for comment.