Former Houston City Council member MJ Khan released two radio ads this week to kick off his campaign for mayor.

The former three-term council member and former president of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston officially announced his candidacy for the city’s top job via press release June 16.

He joins an already crowded field that includes frontrunners state Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, and U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, as well as Derrick Broze, Robert Gallegos, Gilbert Garcia, Naoufal Houjami, Lee Kaplan, R.R. Tezino and Robin Williams.

Former Houston City Council member Amanda Edwards dropped from the mayor’s race this week, instead launching a campaign for Jackson Lee’s seat in Congress.

“I want to run this city with private sector management philosophies and responsible fiscal management policies,” Khan said.

Khan said he is running on a platform of eliminating bloated government bureaucracy, which he called the root cause of most problems the city faces, from crime to potholes and flooding.

“This is a management position,” he said.

Khan said his business background and ability to unite people give him a unique perspective to be the city’s CEO.

As mayor, Khan said he would increase investments into Houston’s police force and emergency services. Khan also said he will work with and support the temporary Houston ISD Board of Managers to “enhance a quick return of normal operation.”

Khan served on City Council from 2004 to 2009, representing District F, which included Sharpstown, Alief, Gulfton, and southwest Houston.

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Tim Carlin is the Houston Landing's civic engagement reporter. An Ohio native, Tim comes to Houston after spending a year in Greenville, South Carolina, covering Greenville County government for The Greenville...