Ryan Smith

AUBURN — A code enforcement/plumbing inspector says he will run for an at-large seat on the City Council in November’s election.

Ryan Smith works for Mechanic Falls and serves on the board of directors for the Maine Building Officials and Inspectors Association. He was a member of the petition committee that successfully repealed the zoning implemented in the Court Street neighborhoods last year.

Smith said his experience in planning, general contracting, carpentry and finance “has prepared me to work constructively on the City Council and to listen to the concerns of the people of Auburn to address Auburn’s current and future challenges, including continuing land-use and planning issues that affect the quality of our drinking water and future development.”

He said recently that Auburn residents “have largely felt their concerns have been unheard or disregarded.”

“As an at-large city councilor, I will advocate for more transparency, public engagement, and an inclusive process that provides the people of Auburn a voice in their local government,” he said. “Additionally, with experience in budgeting, forecasting, and general finance, I will make sure the taxpayer is heard throughout the budget process. I will advocate for purposeful spending and make decisions that benefit the entire community, not just a select few.

“Clearly, a change in direction is needed in Auburn. I will be working hard over the next several months to meet and listen to the voters of Auburn. I look forward to meeting you and earning your support in November.”

Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in business, along with certifications in coaching, land-use planning, and general building codes.

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