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It appears someone will run against City Attorney Mike Aguirre after all.

Dan Coffey, a strident critic of Aguirre, has filed with the City Clerk’s Office a notice that he intends to run for city attorney in next year’s election.

Politicos said they didn’t expect a challenger in the city attorney’s race to announce until closer to the June 3, 2008 election.

Coffey is a lawyer who, along with wife Pepper Coffey, helped organize the fight against expanding Brown Field into a regional cargo terminal. He regularly appears at courtroom hearings featuring pension matters and has been vocal in his critiques of the prosecutions and lawsuits related to the city’s pension dealings. Coffey also pens a column for the Daily Transcript.

Coffey is a Democrat. He ran unsuccessfully for the District 8 council seat in 2005, finishing fourth among nine candidates.

EVAN McLAUGHLIN

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