Jonathan M. Owens, an attorney and active civic worker, has announced his independent candidacy to represent Ward 5 on the D.C. City Council. The ward includes much of Northeast Washington west of the Anacostia River.

At least three Democrats have announced their plans to challenge Ward 5 incumbent William R. Spaulding in the Sept. 12 primary election.As an independent, Owens will not run in the primary; if he qualifies, his name will appear as a candidate on the Nov. 7 general election ballot along with the names of party nominees.

Owens announced his candidacy Saturday at a reception at McKendree United Methodist Church, 1401 Laurence St. NE.

In making his announcement, Owens said,"It is not simply enough to know the problems within a community; there must be a political mechanism for exercising options that will provide solutions."

Owens said he would create the mechanism by setting up a network of block clubs, which would become "the first point of action or contact for the individual citizen who wishes to request, initiate or respond to a governmental action."

Until recently on the staff of the Federal Communications Commission, Owens now has a private law practice. He has served as vice president of the Bloomingdale Civic Association and as a delegate to the D.C. Federation of Civic Associations. He is a member of the D.C. Bar Association and the National Conference of Black Lawyers.