But Payne has not hit the campaign trail quite yet. "The idea has crossed my mind, but I haven't sat down and planned a course of action."
Payne's motivation to run for City Council is deeply rooted in a recent ordinance that targets students, he said.
The Nuisance Ordinance, which was passed last summer, halted the traditional Brent Road party, which attracted thousands of students from N.C. State University and elsewhere, said Payne, a senior at N.C. State.
The Brent Road party is an annual occurrence at N.C. State and is held at the beginning of each school year. Past bashes resulted in hundreds of arrests, mostly for drinking violations. The ordinance allows police to break up any party they deem a nuisance and make arrests.
"Brent Road is an N.C. State tradition, and they're shutting down our traditions," he said.
Payne said there is only one way to get the ordinance repealed. "We would have to get a student on the council."
And on Sunday, Payne, who is expected to graduate in May 2002, also announced that he will seek another term as ASG president. ASG elections will take place next month.
But current council member Benson Kirkman, District D, said the Nuisance Ordinance, which he takes credit for, had nothing to do with the Brent Road party.
"It was (a city) administrative decision measure," said Kirkman, who used to live on Brent Road and still lives in the same neighborhood. "It would have happened with or without the ordinance."