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Sarahan vs. Wolf: "Three-Minute Citizen" Wants More Time

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Sarahan has been a frequent speaker at City Council and School Board meetings, but has never run for office. "I got very tired of being treated as a three-minute citizen," he says, referring to the time allotted for individual comments.

He is well-known for single-handedly taking on obscure constitutional causes. He caught the attention of Fox News last year in his church-state protest against a cross-shaped azalea bed in Bryan Park, which had been planted nearly half a century ago. In 2000, he tried unsuccessfully to get the city to remove a stone slab honoring Confederate President Jefferson Davis that had stood for decades in front of the Department of Public Utilities building at Jefferson Davis Highway and Maury Street.

Sarahan is also a recovering alcoholic, a fact he wants the public to know. "It's something I need to say," he says.

Sarahan, who is pursuing a master's degree in special education at Virginia Commonwealth University, wants to turn his attention to the nuts and bolts of city schools. He supports the mayor's plan to renovate and rebuild city schools and proposes pay raises for school support staff, such as cafeteria workers, aides and bus drivers. He also wants the school system to do more business with small, minority- or women-owned companies, which he says provide more local jobs than large companies do.

As of Friday, Rosetta Lightfoot-Sizer had also registered as a candidate in the 3rd District, which covers the city's northern tip. Attempts to reach her last week were unsuccessful. Alfred "Doug" Goodwein in the 8th is the only other challenger who has declared his candidacy for the board. S



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