Spencer Raymond, until recently a newscaster with Oregon Public Broadcasting, officially announced he's running for City Council today.

Raymond, who appeared regularly during OPB's broadcast of All Things Considered over the past three years, will join the growing field seeking the seat vacated by Commissioner Dan Saltzman, according a news release Monday.

The release says he resigned his job last week. OPB confirmed his last day was Friday.

"I've been talking on the radio for years," Raymond said in a statement.

"Now I want to listen. I'm excited to start a listening tour and hear from people and communities all over town. I want to use these conversations to create policy that has its roots in the community and neighborhoods."

Raymond did not respond to a request for further comment.