The 32-year-old started the announcement by thanking everyone who was there.
Then, Flakes brought up the shotgun slayings of Andy Westbay, 13, and Scott Hawrysiak, 15, on Valentine’s Day 1997.
“This was definitely very emotional for me to have to go through, and I know that some of the families and friends is having to really relive the situation,” he said.
“I’m running for City Council because I understand the needs of this community. As a young person, my actions devastated the community and brought grief to two families. The teenager who committed those acts made me the young leader I am today. Today I will use my life experiences, my knowledge, to make the lives of young people better and to help all of District 4 live up to its greatest potential,” he said.
CLICK HERE to watch video of Flakes announcing his candidacy.