Published: 03 January 2012 09:50 PM

A familiar face at Riverside City Council meetings is making another run at a seat on the dais.

Dvonne Pitruzzello, a teacher of at-risk students in Colton, jumped into what was a four-man race for Riverside mayor. She took out a petition to get signatures in lieu of the filing fee for the seat, which is on the June 5 ballot, City Clerk Colleen Nicol confirmed on Tuesday.

Pitruzzello, 50, is the first candidate who’s not a current or former council member. She’ll face Ward 1 Councilman Mike Gardner, Ward 2 Councilman Andy Melendrez, Ward 3 Councilman William “Rusty” Bailey and former Councilman Ed Adkison. Gardner and Bailey also have taken out petitions, and Adkison has had an open campaign since early 2010.

This is Pitruzzello’s second run for office in Riverside. In June, she came in last among four candidates for the Ward 1 council seat held by Gardner.

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