Matt Smith is prepared to once again throw his hat into the electoral ring.
On Friday, the city councilor announced that he plans to run for re-election to keep his spot on the Auburn City Council. Smith, a Republican, said he decided to seek a third term for one reason: his work as a politician is not yet complete.
"There's much more that I wanted to do," Smith said.
If voted in for a third term, the Auburn man said he would like to modernize and streamline the city's government, promote county-wide economic development that includes a fair sales tax distribution agreement and improve Auburn inhabitants' quality of life.
Smith said he would also work to give the nuisance statutes he initiated "more teeth"and continue discussing how to better initiate pilot programs.
"I want to continue to build upon the quality life/housing issues that I have successfully spearheaded," he explained.
Although Smith envisions many changes he would like to make, the councilor said he sees much in his past eight years as a councilor to be proud of.
Smith said he has served as a "consistent voice" who has helped to make the city council a transparent, accountable government.
"We've begun to right-size city hall," he said. "We've looked at government in a way that's trying to make government more affordable."
And that's a trend Smith said he'd like to continue.
"I've always put the people first," he said. "The citizens need to know that every day since I was elected, I had one goal in mind, and that was doing what was in the best interest of the citizens."
Two seats are up for election on Auburn City Council this fall, Smith's and Democratic Councilor William Graney's. Graney has not announced whether he will seek a third term.