Former Auburn City Councilor John Camardo is seeking another term on the city's legislative board because he is unhappy with the direction Auburn has taken since he had a council seat two years ago.
"It is with renewed energy and unwavering passion to make Auburn a better place to live that I am running for re-election," he said.
Camardo, a Republican who held a city councilor position from 2012 to 2015, said the city's taxes are too high. He said restructuring the city's budget is a "first and easily achievable step" toward lowering taxes while raising the value of living in Auburn.
During his first term as a city councilor, Camardo said he reviewed the city's budget and found a $1 million mistake. He has proposed another complete city budget review if elected on Nov. 7. He said he feels "very confident" in his financial abilities.
"I am ready to reach across the aisle to my colleagues to find solutions that are in the best interest of all tax paying citizens," he said.
Camardo said there are not enough jobs in the area, which has caused Auburn's population to decline. Two of this three sons have left Auburn to work jobs in different cities.
"We need major concentration on job growth," Camardo said. "When you grow the tax base and you have more people paying into the tax base, it's less of a burden on a small tax base."
The 53-year-old real estate developer said the city needs to focus on attracting big corporations, such as Amazon, to invest in Auburn. If elected, Camardo said he would hold bi-monthly, city-sponsored job expos "to showcase existing Auburn businesses, provide career opportunities to current and potential residents of Auburn, and lure new businesses and industry to the area."
Additionally, Camardo wants to ensure "effective and open communication with the public." If elected, he wants to have bi-monthly town hall Tuesdays where citizens can come speak with the city councilors "so that people have a voice because that's lost at city hall right now," he said.
Camardo said he believes his experience managing private businesses and his time on the city council makes him a qualified candidate for the job.
"I know what it takes to get Auburn back on track and the simple answer is lower cost of living and higher quality of life," Camardo said. "I am ready to do everything in my power to earn your vote and ensure a brighter, stronger future for History's Hometown."