By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer
Michael Naples, incumbent, has announced that he is running for reelection for the District 5 seat on the Madison City Council.
Naples, who has served on the council since 2005, stated that he has “done a conscientious job for both the city at large and [his] district in particular” while living up to his original campaign promises, which included: coming prepared to every meeting, speaking up for his district, pursuing impact fees as a way of keeping down taxes and urging the hiring of a code enforcement officer and an economic development coordinator.
“I don’t believe anyone can question my preparedness for meetings or my willingness to speak up for what I believe is right,” said Naples.
According to Naples, he has completed 117 hours of training at the Georgia Municipal Association’s Municipal Training Institute during his tenure, only three hours shy of earning a Certificate of Excellence from that body.
If reelected Naples pledged to “continue to be a strong voice for integrity, fairness and open government.”
In particular, Naples said that he will insist on the council’s adherence to the zoning procedures law, fight for passage of an ethics ordinance and argue for accessible meeting times, while continuing to be accessible and responsive to constituents while working tirelessly for his district and the city.
Naples also stated that he will continue to advocate strongly for the Historic Preservation Commission and remain independent of party lines and special interest groups.
“I will answer to my conscience, my religious tenets, which help form my conscience, and my wife, whose ethics and advice are sound,” said Naples. “If I can put my head on the pillow after concluding city business without fear that I have erred, I will have served the city well.”