Greg Payne's running for Council

Greg Payne told me yesterday via email that he's jumping into the Council race this year and going after Trudy Jones' District 8 seat. Both Jones and Payne are Republicans, though the race is ostensibly nonpartisan.

Payne is a former Alibi columnist and known for his controversial opinions. He won a Council spot in 1999. He went on to the Legislature and became transit director for the city under Mayor Martin Chavez.

Payne plans to use public financing for his 2011 run.

Joe Monahan's got the lowdown.