March 26 2009 12:00 AM

Local attorney Chris Lewless officially launched his campaign for the fourth ward Lansing City Council seat being vacated by incumbent Tim Kaltenbach.

Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope confirmed that Lewless filed his petition for the seat this morning before his campaign launch at Niowave on Walnut Street.

"I will knock on thousands of doors and I will wear out a lot of pairs of shoes," Lewless promised the 20 or so people in attendance.

No other candidates have filed to run for the fourth ward, but three have pulled petitions: Cindy Redman, Thomas R. Truscott and Robin D. Lewis. The filing deadline for the election is in May.

Lewless said there are divisions interfering with city business — labor versus developers, downtown versus neighborhoods, City Council versus City Council and Mayor Virg Bernero — and that his experience building coalitions from warring parties would be an asset to the city.

"When I need to disagree, I'll try to do that without being disagreeable," he said.

Lewless pledged to work with the Ingham County Commission and surrounding townships to streamline local government, eliminate duplicative services and address what he called the "crisis" of infant mortality rates among black babies in the county.

He said he plans to hit the campaign trail on the streets Lansing Saturday morning. The last time Lewless ran for office was in 2006 for the state House seat now occupied by Joan Bauer; Lewless lost to Bauer in the primary.