Chris P. Voccio marked his 50th birthday Friday by announcing his candidacy for the Niagara Falls City Council in this fall's election.
To clear the decks for his campaign, Voccio stepped down as publisher of the Niagara Gazette and the Lockport Union-Sun and Journal, and also resigned from the boards of the Niagara USA Chamber and the United Way of Greater Niagara.
Voccio, a Republican, described himself as "a lifelong arch-conservative - limited government, free enterprise, law and order."
Voccio ran for office once before, resigning as publisher of the Johnstown (Pa.) Tribune-Democrat in 2008 to run for the Pennsylvania General Assembly. He lost, but pulled 47 percent of the vote.
The Rhode Island native said he moved to Niagara Falls in September 2014 "and fell in love with the place. We have so much going for us, but city government seems to be in its own way."