A Studio Estates building design consultant has entered the Culver City Council race, becoming the fifth person and the only woman to challenge three longtime incumbents in the April 12 election.
Janine Lauren, 43, was the last entrant in the race before candidate filing closed Thursday.
She said that she plans to run a low-budget "Thomas Paine-style campaign" in the local papers.
"I want to test the American democratic principle that it is not only feasible, but people have an obligation to speak out whether or not they have powerful political endorsements, huge campaign chests or name recognition," said Lauren, a former history teacher.
Unlike the four other challengers, Lauren said she does not support an initiative campaign to lower the maximum height of new buildings in the city.
"I'm not pro-growth, I'm not no-growth, I'm not slow-growth," she said, adding that the city's major problem is its lack of a master plan.