Former Alexandria City Councilman Justin Wilson, a Democrat, announces 2012 run

Justin Wilson started his career on council in 2007 (File photo)

Former Alexandria City Councilman Justin Wilson will try to rejoin his former colleagues at City Hall next year, the Del Ray resident announced Monday.

Wilson, a Democrat, became the youngest member of council when he was elected as a 29-year-old in 2007. He was ousted in May 2009 after a crowded race that concluded with Vice Mayor Kerry Donley and council members Frank Fannon and Alicia Hughes joining the governing body.

Wilson is on the board of DASH Bus, the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, the Alexandria Transportation Commission and Hopkins House.

“While I have contributed through my service on these boards and commissions, I believe I can only accomplish so much outside of public office,” Wilson said in a statement to prospective voters. “That is why I’m thrilled to share the news with you that I have decided to run for Alexandria City Council.”

An employee of Amtrak, transportation was one of Wilson’s specialties during his three years on council.

Wilson lives in Del Ray with his wife, Alex, and their children Eli and Lena. He joins Republican Scott Gordon as a challenger in the 2012 race, but will first have to win a Democratic primary on June 12, 2012 to compete.