Meet the Candidates: Mike Hyde
In our continuing coverage of the 2011 election, Smyrna-Vinings Patch provides here a profile of one of the three candidates for Smyrna city council's Ward 5.
Smyrna’s general election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011 and a record 19 candidates are on the ballot. In their words, candidates will be introducing themselves here at Patch. Today, we have Ward 5 city council candidate Mike Hyde, who is running against Jason Saliba and Susan Dease Wilkinson.
I have been a resident of Ward 5 in the City of Smyrna for 48 years. For the last 34 years, I have worked as a lineman for the Georgia Power Company. My 25-year-old daughter is an EMT paramedic and seeks to be a firefighter.
I'm not a lawyer or a career politician looking to build a resume or better my career. I'm native of Smyrna who has concerns about the direction our city is headed.
I have specialized training in problem solving. I have served on several committees. In the past few weeks, I have heard and read both positive and negative comments about our City government.
These are concerns that I feel can be fixed internally. We need to keep our vision on moving our city forward. I've seen our city go from a two-lane road with mom and pop stores to a city that is highly developed.
We have a balanced budget with a surplus. We are a small town that only needs small changes. We don't need more industrial, commercial, and retail just to build bigger roads to increase traffic problems. We can move forward with a proactive approach to address issues. I think communication needs to improve to get our community more involved in what the future holds.
As your councilman I will take my experience and knowledge to represent the city and citizens of Ward 5. We are a small town that only needs small changes.