Roland Rier's announcement was a stinging attack on the current Ward 5 Council member, William R. Spaulding, who has not yet announced if he intends to seek relection.
Rier said Spaulding is "anti-intellectual . . . against job security . . . out of contact with his ward and people in general and . . . the most in effective council member on the D.C. City Council."
"I say to the people of Ward 5 and to the city, the bells toll for thee."
Rier, a 33-year-old government teacher at Woodson Senior High School, ran against Spaulding and eight others in the 1974 Democratic primary and finished sixth with about 8 percent of the vote.
Since then, Rier said, he believes his political base has been strengthened by his election as an at-large member of the state committee, the 50-person policy-making arm of the local Democratic party.
Rier is chairman of the utilities committee of the D.C. Federation of Civic Associations, a member of the North Michigan Park Civic Association and a member of the Greater Washington Central Labor Council.
Many of his charges against Spaulding involve the incumbent's past chairmanship of the Council's now defunct committee on the University of the District of Columbia and its present education committee.The Washington Teachers Union has recently target UDC for a concentrated organizing campaign.
The other announced candidate for the Ward 5 race this year is Robert Artisst, who also ran in 1974, finishing third, but less than 100 votes behind Spaulding in close primary.