Teddy Davis, who until Friday was employed by Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) in a top communications job, filed Tuesday as a candidate for the city council in Los Angeles.

Davis, who grew up in the area, served as press secretary to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) before joining O’Malley’s office in February as its strategic communications director, a new position.

On Friday afternoon, O’Malley’s office announced Davis’s departure, saying he was moving back to the West Coast to become a fellow at the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California.

On a new campaign Web site, Davis says he is running for city council in 2015 “to create jobs, reduce traffic and keep neighborhoods clean and safe.”

“We wish him well,” O’Malley chief of staff John Griffin said Tuesday night.