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Jim Bell, who has mounted four runs for mayor, intends to do so again in 2008, according to documents filed last week with the City Clerk’s Office.

Bell is an Ocean Beach activist whose past platforms have been focused on making San Diego self-sustaining in energy, food and water. Most recently, he ran in 2005, but dropped out to endorse Councilwoman Donna Frye. He staged his most successful campaign in 2004, when he garnered 6.7 percent of the primary vote.

Bell’s declaration makes him the fourth mayoral hopeful to declare intentions to run, which is an initial step an aspiring candidate takes to begin raising money. The other three: Mayor Jerry Sanders, businessman Steve Francis and City Heights activist Rocky Neptun.

Those intending to run will have until March 6 to file their official candidacies with the city clerk.

EVAN McLAUGHLIN

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