Republican Auburn City Council candidate Adam Miller hopes his underdog status and new ideas will separate him from his competitors and propel him to victory at the polls on Nov. 7.
The 29-year-old first-time candidate said he has always been interested in politics and decided this was the time to get involved as he is unhappy with the direction the city of Auburn is headed in.
"I'm a young person looking at a place where I would like to remain and live in Auburn and I can't see that happening if we continue down this path," Miller said. "I would like to make Auburn a place where I could have a family of my own someday and raise my children."
Miller said the city is "headed for financial crisis if something doesn't change."
Taxation and spending is "out of control" in Auburn, Miller said. In addition to combing through the budget to find "unnecessary spending," Miller said city officials need to learn to prioritize projects.
"We have to look at what projects do we need and what projects do we want and make sure the things that we need are completed first," the Auburn native said.
For example, Miller said the current city council prioritized funding the Owasco Riverway Trail over fixing roads in the city.
"We desperately need the roads fixed," he said. "I'm all for the walking trail, I think it's a good idea in a health-conscious society. But its not something that we need right now. We need to finish one thing at a time and the roads are what need our attention."
Miller said maintaining clean drinking water will be a priority for him if elected. He said the city is "headed in the right direction" but needs to do more. He suggested opening an outlet to increase circulation in the lake so the waters are not stagnant.
Additionally, Miller said he wants to be an accessible voice for the people of Auburn.
"It's more important to me that as a representative, I am a representative, not pushing any personal or political or party agenda, putting aside political differences to do what is best for the city of Auburn,” he said.
Miller feels his status as a political newcomer gives him an advantage over his competitors because he can better relate to the people of Auburn.
"I'm just a regular citizen. I struggle day to day, paycheck to paycheck like everyone else and I think that can help me understand where the rest of the city is coming from, the struggles they're going through, and be an accurate voice in city hall for everyone.”