SACO — Mark Johnston, owner of Vic & Whit’s on Main Street, has announced his bid for mayor.

Johnston held the role previously, serving for 12 years as mayor in addition to his one term as city councilor.

“I think the city needs some strong leadership, in particularly since the city’s finances are in deplorable shape,” he said.

During his tenure as mayor, Johnston said he built up the city’s bond score enabling them to borrow at low rates without having to buy bond insurance. He said in addition to the city’s finances, issues such as Regional School Unit 23 and negotiations with Maine Energy Recovery Company are primary concerns.

“I have the experience, and during these times the voters are looking for someone with a steady hand and experience and a better understanding of how the process works, “Johnston said.

Mayor Ron Michaud has served two terms and is not running for re-election. Johnston said he didn’t run for re-election against Michaud four years ago because he had to focus his energy on the store and renovating a downtown building.

Jeff Christenbury, a former councilor for Ward 4, is the only other candidate who is vying for mayor at this time. Christenbury resigned as councilor in April when he moved into a new home outside of Ward 4.

Elections will be held in November to elect a mayor for a two-year term.