Political newcomer and longtime Meridian resident Adam L. Nelson hopes to win a seat on the Meridian City Council.
If elected, Nelson wants to focus on growth, traffic and be a voice for Meridian. He is running against incumbent and current council president Treg A. Bernt.
Nelson, the Managing Partner at Meridian Speedway, is trying his hand in politics because he believes it’s the “duty of all citizens” to get involved.
“Speaking for the citizens of Meridian is pretty important,” he said. “We all rely on our city council when we have small businesses in Meridian, especially old businesses. And, it’s just sometimes some of those seats need to be filled with different demographics of leaders,”
When asked about Meridian’s rapid growth, Nelson said current council members are doing a good job, but some citizens are ‘concerned’ about infrastructure keeping up with growth.
“Some people are concerned that they aren’t going fast enough to match the growth,” he said. “Other people think that the growth is probably causing it all…many smart people have probably tried to figure out how to fund infrastructure before development, and I think right now, its development paying for infrastructure afterward. I just know that looking for other ways to fund projects is something that we do at the speedway all the time. We can’t have a race unless we have a purse to pay the racers, and you can’t have a purse to pay the racers unless you sell the tickets, but you can’t sell the tickets till you have the race.”
Nelson also wants to look for parking and traffic solutions in downtown Meridian.
“Obviously there’s the whole parking issue that most of those businesses have,” he said. “I think those were the biggest concerns, so I think every business and downtown wants to see traffic down there, maybe not necessarily car traffic but people traffic business traffic.”
If elected, Nelson’s top priority is to be a voice for citizens and get people to “stand up” and be a part of their community.
“I believe strongly that most Americans are sitting on the sidelines, and they’re not getting involved locally,” he said. “If they’re not involved locally, there’s no way they’re going to spend the time to get involved, on the stateside or federal side when it comes to trying to help people or trying to be a conservative voice with some common sense, (and) some patriotic values, etc. And so I think the biggest goal is, and I tell people this when I talked to them is I can tell people that they should be running for these seats and they should be getting involved, but you have to show people with your actions.”
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