Marylou Powers, executive director of the Galt Community Concilio, filed on Friday for one of the two Galt City Council seats.
Powers filed for a council seat two years ago and remained in the race long enough to receive the endorsement of the Galt District Chamber of Commerce's political action committee, but she withdrew because her mother was ill.
Now that her mother has died, Powers said she has fewer family responsibilities, allowing her to seek a council seat this year.
As a planning commissioner the past two years and having met a lot more people in town, Powers said she has learned more about the city.
Since she became the concilio's executive director last year, Powers said she has helped lead the nonprofit agency into the black after many years of operating at a deficit.
Before joining the concilio, Powers worked on a temporary basis for Sacramento City Council Members Darrell Steinberg, Bonnie Pannell and Lauren Hammond and full time with Council Members Dave Jones and Sandy Sheedy.
Powers, a Galt resident for six years who previously lived in Herald for two years, said she will focus on attracting more business to Galt and providing more rental housing for young families.
"We need rentals for young people we want to keep in the community, but there aren't any," she said.
"We need more businesses which offer more jobs," Powers said. "I am fortunate to live and work in Galt, but a lot of people don't have the privilege."
Powers said she wants to avoid the often-contentious council campaigns of recent years.
"I want to run a clean campaign." she said. "I think it's important that we don't do any mudslinging."