Councilman Gordon Smith won't seek re-election, newcomer Kim Roney says she's running and others are testing the waters.
Rich Lee, Kim Roney and Sheneika Smith are a few names being bandied about as possible City Council candidates this year.
Why so many candidates this year? Incumbents are out, Raleigh is popping, turnout will likely be low, and more.
Simerly, who ran an unsuccessful bid for City Council in 2007, has developed close ties with a number of Democratic officeholders over the years.