Niagara Gazette — "That's when I really got interested in local politics and it's been a passion ever since," Swartz said.
The former Niagara Gazette intern will need to pass petitions to get on the ballot. He is seeking the Democratic, Working Families and Independence party lines.
Council members Charles Walker, Kristen Grandinetti and Sam Fruscione are up for re-election this year. Grandinetti is the only incumbent to announce her intention to run at this point.
Tim Demler, the former town supervisor in Wheatfield, is a co-chair of Swartz's campaign. Thomas Stevenson, a long-time Demler supporter, will act as the other co-chair of his campaign.
Demler, a Republican, said he wanted to work with Swartz despite their difference in political party because he believes Swartz is the type of person who can make things happen in Niagara Falls.
"He has a lot of good ideas," Demler said. "We helped him craft a plan that would be good for the city."