Name: Brady Fuller
Occupation: Deputy sheriff with the Canyon County Sheriffs Office for over 11 years
Education: High School diploma and graduate of the Police Academy
Prior political experience: None
Civic involvement: Youth leader with my church for about 3 years. Eagle Scout recipient and active in Boy Scouts of America
Years living in Middleton: 1.5
Family: I have been married for nine years with three children ages 5, 3 and 1
Social media accounts: none
1. What makes you a better choice for voters than your opponent(s)?
I am running to help improve family and community aspects of Middleton. I want to improve our parks and library. One of my opponents has voted yes to every controversial topic the mayor has proposed. One of my opponents was appointed by the mayor. Two of my opponents decided to run for city council after the mayoral salary was increased. I decided to run about a year ago before politics in Middleton became very polarizing. I am a better candidate for city council because I am running for Middleton, not for someones political agenda.
2. If elected, what are your top three priorities? How will you accomplish them? Please provide specifics.
1. I will work with the city and the Greater Middleton Parks and Recreation Department to improve and expand our citys parks. I will help locate land for new parks and work within the budget to add to the parks we have. I will go door to door if needed to help locate land for new parks. I will help form a system for Middleton and the parks department to work together on projects.
2. I want to get the Middleton Library connected to all the libraries in the Treasure Valley. Our librarys catalog is not connected to any other libraries. I want to expand the hours of operation for our library. It is currently only open 36.5 hours a week and is closed on Mondays. I will find ways to help fund another full-time position at the library to allow it to be open longer hours.
3. I want to help bridge the gap that has opened up between the citizens of Middleton. There have been some very controversial and polarizing decisions that have come out of city hall over the last year and a half. I will have an open ear and an open mind to anyone who has a concern about Middleton. I will only vote yes on items that are the best for Middleton and its citizens.
3. What is the one thing your city should start doing to encourage economic development and create jobs?
Middleton should start an advertising campaign targeted to small business and franchises and developers to help bring them to our city. We need business to help spur jobs and economical growth, and we need the commercial space for these businesses to move into.
4. How do you envision your city 10 to 20 years from now? How should it change?
Middleton is predicted to double in population over the next 10 years. I envision a city leadership that will be at the forefront of this growth to manage it and plan it accordingly. Middleton should accept the growth that will happen and plan for it. Middleton really should not change. We should stay true to who and what we are. We are a small, wonderful town and a great place to live. We are full a great people. We should continue to bolster great aspects of our community like our school district, our youth and our families.
5. Are you concerned about public apathy and involvement in civic matters? How would you get more people involved?
I am concerned about public apathy. I believe the best way to get more people involved is to provide ways for neighbors to help neighbors. I would like to organize and bring to Middleton programs such as Paint the Town and Rake Up Middleton. I would create and organize, through the city, opportunities to give service to fellow citizens. I would like to see community members help out is areas such has building playground equipment instead of paying someone else to do it. These would create a sense of involvement and appreciation for what the city has to provide for its community.
6. What are the top two issues facing Middleton, and how should they be addressed?
The top two issues facing Middleton are growth and effective use of our tax dollars. Growth can be addressed by being in front of it rather than behind it. If we plan accordingly, we will manage it in ways that will benefit Middleton. The spending of our tax dollars can be addressed by reducing wanton spending and by stopping the addition of nonessential personnel at city hall.
7. If tax revenues take an upswing in the next few years, which part of city government do you think most needs an infusion of cash, and why?
City infrastructure. With the expected population boom, planning and building up our streets, residential and commercial areas will be crucial in how we grow. We can either sit back and let growth happen or we can plan for it and manage it in ways that will benefit how the city functions.
8. If more budget tightening is needed, where would you look first for cuts? Why?
I would look for ways to utilize the skills our city employees have perform tasks more efficiently. Tax dollars are sacred. City leaders are entrusted with great responsibilities to be stewards over these funds. It is in the best interest of the citizens to always be looking for ways to use tax dollars more effectively.