City Council candidate: Miller
Name: Jacob Miller
Running for: Yuma City Council
Political Experience: None
Education: McGraw Elementary, Gila Vista Jr. High, Kofa High, AWC & Life Bible College
Family: Married for nine years to Denice Miller, 7-year-old daughter Jade Miller, and 4-year-old twin boys, Jonah & Chase Miller
If elected, what is the one issue on which you would focus to improve Yuma’s quality of life? The way that the city council can help accomplish this is to attract new business and industry to Yuma which will produce more jobs. More jobs means more taxpayers, more revenue to the city, and will enable the city to keep taxes lower.
What services, if any, do you believe should be outsourced to private companies rather than offered through the city? One service that is provided by the city right now that could possibly save money by privatizing is the trash services. We have a few private trash companies in Yuma that would compete for individual homeowners’ business. A competitive market will cause the service prices to lower to homeowners, while saving Yuma the costs of maintaining city-run sanitation service.
What would you do to make city government more transparent and accessible? I would create more opportunities for the citizens to be in contact with me, set up a bi-weekly meeting to ask me questions and voice their concerns. Have a first call and last call for the call to the public and develop a plan to allow the council to interact directly with the citizens at that time.
There has been much talk of job creation of late. Is that the city council’s job, and if so, how would you accomplish it? The City Council cannot create jobs but we can work with the organizations that do work to attract new business and industry to Yuma. The City Council should team up with organizations like GYEDC and the Chamber of Commerce to figure out how we can help them bring the businesses that are interested in Yuma and that Yuma needs.
What will you do to help bring unity to the city council to help move the city forward? I will work with the new mayor and the five other councilmen to bring that unity. This does not mean that we are all going to agree on everything, but when we do disagree, we will do it in an ethical and civil way to bring about the best solution for the citizens of Yuma.