Attorney John Stephens, who joined a lawsuit to stop Costa Mesa's proposed charter from being on the June primary ballot, will run for City Council.
"I think somebody needs to stand up for the citizens of our city," he said Tuesday. "I couldn't take it anymore and sit idly by and let the city be destroyed for what I think are political motives and personal gain."
Stephens, 49, has been practicing business law since 1989 and founded his own firm in 1998. In 2006, the practice became Stephens Friedland LLP, which is based in Newport Beach.
He and his wife, Amy, have four children — Tommy, 20, Nate, 18, Carolyn, 15, and Olivia, 11.
"I've lived here with my wife for 23 years. I think it's a great city," Stephens said. "I'm really an evangelist for the city, and I think the brand has been tarnished. We're not the City of the Arts anymore; we're perceived as the city of litigation and confrontation."