Dr. Thomas Spencer has announced his candidacy for Seat 5 on the Clermont City Council.

A veteran of the Gulf War, Spencer has been a resident of Clermont for close to a decade, according to a press release from his campaign. He is a former member of the City Planning and Zoning Commission.

I propose to not just serve as your representative, but even more importantly, to restore the bonds of trust between the people and their elected representatives, Spencer said in the release this morning.

Dr. Spencer earned several commendations while serving in the Gulf War, including a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. After his retirement from the U.S. Army, he served as an assistant and liaison for members of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. He currently works for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a member of the Mental Health Intensive Care Management Team, addressing the needs of veterans with severe mental illness living in the community.

According to his biography, he is immediate past president of Clermont Toastmasters, Area Governor of Division G Toastmasters and a Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research. He and his wife, Donna, have three children and one grandson.

A fundraiser for the campaign will be held on July 4 at the Clermont Community Center. Tickets are $25, or two for $40. Visit www.ThomasSpencer.us for more information.