Eighteen months after resigning his seat on the Dickson City Council, Richard Arnold says he is considering his options after picking up a qualifying petition for the seat he vacated. Arnold resigned Nov. 30, 2011, after serving 30 years on the council. He recently picked up a qualifying petition to possibly be a candidate for the Second Ward seat on the council in the Sept. 26 municipal election. While he hasn’t made a final decision about running, Arnold said Friday he is considering several options. Arnold resigned after retiring from his position as director of publications for the Tennessee Secretary of State’s Office. Because he wanted to start drawing his state retirement benefits, he was not allowed to continue serving on the city council because council members participate in the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System and he could not continue to receive retirement contributions from the city while also drawing benefits. While none of those rules have changed, Arnold said he is looking into several possibilities and would not rule out the possibility of a legal challenge. Arnold said he believes it is not fair that he is not allowed to serve as a councilman or teach in the public school system or hold any other job that has state retirement benefits. Already picking up qualifying petitions in the Second Ward race are Jeremiah Wright and Joey Turbeville, who was appointed in January 2012 to fill the remainder of Arnold’s term. Dickson voters will elect a councilman from each of the city’s four wards on Sept. 26. The only other candidates to pick up qualifying papers as of Friday are incumbents Mike Legg in the First Ward, Bird Armstrong in the Third Ward and Michael Outlaw in the Fourth Ward. The deadline to qualify for the ballot is noon June 20.