AUBURN — Former City Councilor Dick Gleason will seek the mayor’s job this November.

Gleason, president and general manager of Gleason Media Services, officially declared his candidacy for mayor of Auburn in a written statement. He turned in 200 signatures on candidacy petitions at City Hall on Wednesday morning.

“I am pleased and honored to announce my candidacy for Mayor of the City of Auburn,” Gleason wrote. “During my term as an Auburn city councilor, I gained an understanding of the complexities of city government including its capabilities and limitations”

Gleason wrote that he hoped to act as an advocate for the people if elected, specifically mentioning turnpike, rail and transit issues as important.

He said he would work closely with city staff and use his business skills and people skills to work on common goals.

“The issues before us continue to be balancing fiscal responsibility with sound judgment,” Gleason wrote. “One example is the problem of Edward Little High School being placed on academic probation. It is clear that it happened because of the city’s unwillingness to make capital improvements over the years.”

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