Ashland City Council-At-Large member Matt Miller has filed petitions to run for mayor, making him the first person to formally announce his intentions to run for the position in the 2017 election.
A former two-term Ashland County Commissioner and Business Administrator at The Salvation Army Kroc Center, Miller currently serves as the Deputy Director of Business & Human Resources at the Ohio Department of Transportation District Three.
“I have spent my entire life in this community and I care very deeply about the future of our city,” said Miller. “It is so critical that our next mayor be a person with a clear vision for the future of our city and a person who knows what steps must be taken to make that vision a reality.”
“In order to make a difference in government today you must be willing to challenge the status quo and tackle complicated issues, and I am ready to do just that,” said Miller.
“I am honored by the support I have received from numerous community members, business leaders and local elected officials,” Miller said. “Our people recognize that it is going to take new leaders with new energy and new ideas to ensure our city has a bright future.”
“Money is tight for all local governments, and that is why it is so important that we be willing to work with our county officials, our school officials, our business leaders and our non-profits to address the challenges facing our community,” said Miller. “We need to use common sense when tackling our issues, because we’re all in this together.”
Miller said retaining and attracting new jobs to the area will be one of his first priorities if he is elected mayor.
“The only way we will stop losing our talented young people to other places is if we can provide them with good paying jobs right here in our community,” said Miller. “This is not an easy task because competition for these new businesses is so aggressive, but it can be done.”
“We need to work with our current employers and entrepreneurs, with companies that are already doing business here in Ashland, and figure out how we can best help them expand their operations right here in our community rather than building their new projects elsewhere.”
“We must also continue to support our local businesses who are doing all they can to revitalize our downtown,” added Miller. “The revitalization of our downtown, with more shops and unique restaurants will be an important part of our overall economic development strategy.”
With the passage of the recent income tax levies, Miller said he looks forward to seeing more street improvements begin after the weather breaks in the spring, and additional police and firemen added in the near future.
“I am so thankful that our residents see the importance of investing in our city’s infrastructure, and keeping our city safe. Our quality of life here in Ashland is one of our top selling points, and we must make sure we continue to preserve those characteristics of our community that we’ve grown to love.”