Ben Kallos, chief of staff to Assembly Member Jonathan Bing, is the first person officially running for the seat held by first-term Council Member Jessica Lappin.
In December, Lappin"s office confirmed that she was considering a run for public advocate. Unlike other prospective candidates who are waiting for Lappin to officially jump into the public advocate"s race and give up her seat, Kallos is acting quickly. Last week, he filed with the city"s Campaign Finance Board for Lappin"s Council seat but his campaign account was empty.
Kallos declined to comment on his candidacy.
David Liston, chair of Community Board 8, and Dan Quart, one of Lappin"s primary opponents in 2005, have also said they are interested in succeeding Lappin on the Council.