Kaleb James is the second candidate to file for the Manhattan City Commission race.

James, a senior business analyst for Maximus, a government contractor, previously ran for the city commission in 2015 and 2017.

In his previous campaigns, James said he wanted to reduce the city debt and property taxes.

“Property taxes are still too high,” he said Friday. “They’ve only increased since the first time I ran.”

James said the city also needs to find a better solution for rental inspections, which has been a continuing hot topic.

“I think there’s ground to be given on both sides of that argument,” he said.

James said he would be interested in some follow-up inspections when code inspections do find violations in a rental unit.

James, who graduated from Junction City High in 2007, served in the U.S. Army Reserve for eight years in Fort Lewis, Fort Benning and Fort Riley.

Aaron Estabrook, a former Manhattan-Ogden school board member, previously filed for the commission race earlier in April.

Three seats are open in the November election.

Mayor Mike Dodson and commissioner Jerred McKee previously said they wouldn’t run for re-election. Commissioner Linda Morse said she planned to make a decision in May.

June 3 is the deadline to file for the race.