A Falls Church resident announced Saturday that she will run for Falls Church City Council, replacing a candidate who withdrew from the race for family reasons.
Sue Bachtel, a former president of the city's Village Preservation & Improvement Society, was nominated by the Falls Church Citizens Organization to run for council after one of the group's original nominees, James D. Healy, decided to withdraw.
There are now six candidates in the race.
Last week the group, which represents about 225 residents, nominated Healy, James Slattery and Cynthia Garner to run for council.
Members of the group say they formed the organization late last fall to field candidates for the May 10 election and to introduce a two-party system to the city.
Traditionally, candidates have run for council as political independents with backing from the nonpartisan Citizens for a Better City organization. Since 1971, every candidate with that group's backing has won election to the council.
On Feb. 4, the CBC nominated three persons, including two incumbents, for election to the council. Council members Edward B. Strait and J. Roger Wollenberg, along with School Board member Philip J. Walsh, were nominated.
The council terms of Strait, Wollenberg and W. John Cameron expire June 30. Cameron announced in November that he would not seek a third term.
The filing deadline for the election is March 8.