The Villager sent out a candidate questionnaire to all of those seeking office in contested races for the City Council. Tyler Adams was initially running in a contested race before his challenger pulled out of the contest. Adams, who has been elected to his first term representing Ward 4, provided the following answers, in italics, to the questionnaire.
1) Please provide biographical background information to give residents who do not know you a better understanding of who you are.
I am originally from Rainbow City, Alabama and came to Auburn for school in 2004. I graduated in 2009 with a MS in Business Administration / MA in Political Science. In 2012, I graduated from Mississippi College School of Law with a Juris Doctorate. Upon graduation, I moved back to Auburn and have worked as an administrator at Auburn University in the Office of Procurement and Business Services.
I am married to the former Abby Northcutt, a lifelong resident of Auburn. We are blessed with two little girls, Audrey and Beatrice.
2) What spurred you to run for a seat on the City Council? And why do you think you're the right candidate for the job?
As the father of two little girls, I am concerned about the direction of our society and want to preserve the safe, secure, family-friendly environment that exists in Auburn. My wife was afforded so many wonderful opportunities growing up here, and I would like to ensure that my daughters’ generation has an even better experience.
We need servant leadership that makes the right decisions for the right reasons. We need our leaders to analyze issues objectively and work toward solutions that make Auburn a better place to live. I will bring diverse and complementary professional experience to serving our community. I aim to implement my professional experience as an administrator at a large government institution, an attorney, and the husband of a small-business owner. (I regularly assist my wife in managing her dental offices and real estate holdings.)
I navigate bureaucracy daily and bring competing perspectives together to get things done the right way, and that is exactly what I will do as a member of the City Council. I look forward to the opportunity to serve our community, in this capacity. I believe that Auburn is a wonderful place to live, work, and attend school; and I believe that I can help make it even better.
3) In general, what do you think the role of holding a position on the City Council entails? How would you approach the job if given the chance?
The most important roles of holding a position on the City Council are listening, being available and advocating for your constituents. I will analyze issues objectively and work toward solutions that make Auburn a better place to live.
4) In general, what does public service mean to you? And, more specifically, how have you engaged in the Auburn community to this point?
Our expectation of public servants should be that they put service above self. I serve with several civic and charitable organizations in our community. I am a member and have served as President of the Auburn Rotary Club. I currently serve on the boards of the Auburn Preservation League, Alabama Rural Ministry, and the Burke Place Homeowners Association, and previously served on Auburn's Greenspace Advisory Board. Our family are also dedicated and involved members of Auburn United Methodist Church.
5) What ward-specific issues would you prioritize if you were to win a seat on the City Council and how would you address them?
Ward 4 is uniquely situated with a diversity of student housing, residential and commercial establishments along some of Auburn’s most traveled corridors. Continued improvement of infrastructure and redevelopment along Opelika Road; finding traffic solutions to some of our more congested intersections and railroad crossings; increasing the number of playing surfaces (courts, fields and pools) for our families and in support of our youth programs are a few important issues that need to be addressed.
6) What citywide issues do you feel are most pressing and need to be addressed?
Infrastructure (traffic, parking, recreational facilities, utilities) keeping up with our current rate of growth.
7) The fast pace of growth in Auburn and the surrounding area has been the overarching issue in the community for more than a decade, impacting everything from infrastructure, transportation, the school system, the housing market, etc. How do you feel Auburn has dealt with growth and in what areas do you think more attention should be paid? Do you have any suggestions on how to better deal with growth and its impacts?
Growth is a good thing for our community. It is an indication that we are doing something right and that the families and businesses moving into our community want to be a part of that. It brings opportunity as well as challenges. The alternative to growth would bring its own challenges that are far more difficult to address.
Over the past decade, citizen surveys have consistently indicated that the quality of life in Auburn remains very good. It is paramount that we continue to improve that quality of life and address those challenges as they continue to arise.
8) Do you want to share anything else with the community that has not been covered in previous questions/answers?
I am humbled and grateful to be given this opportunity and I am looking forward to putting in the work to make Auburn a better place to live for all our citizens.