Michael Quinn loves Hamburg. He grew up here. Lives here. And now the 1992 Frontier High School graduate would like to make a difference to the town.
Quinn is the Democratic candidate for the Hamburg Town Board, and will seek a four-year term in a race against incumbent Amy Ziegler this fall.
Now an attorney, Quinn previously worked in construction and said he has always been involved in politics due to his involvement with buildings and trades.
He said his first goal as a board member would be to return the power where it belongs.
“I want to take the power away from the polticians and give it back to the residents and the taxpayers,” Quinn said, adding how much he “loves this town.”
Among the areas he is concerned at are the increase in state pension costs.
“I’d like to look into that some more,” Quinn said.
He also expressed concerns over other costs that he would like to see eliminated.
“I’d like to stop some of the lawsuits,” Quinn said. “I think they are unnecessary.”
His life has been in Hamburg and he would like to see the town return to prominence.
“I was raised here. My kids were raised here. I’m concerned with the way the town board runs,” he said.
If he is elected, Quinn said he would bring ethics to the town board.
Quinn knows there are many great aspects to the town that he would like to see shown more.
“There’s great people here,” he said.
Quinn also pointed out the number of great parks that people can visit at any time. He also said the town has “top notch” police and fire departments.
Among the reasons that he believes he would be a good board member is because he comes from a background both in law and construction. He is also a Veteran, having served in the U.S. Army.
“I’m also up to speed on the safety issues,” Quinn said, noting that he is certified to teach a pair of OSHA courses.
Through the years, his experiences have allowed him to get to know how to make sure projects are completed on time and under budget. And it is those types of experiences he believes would benefit the board.
“I think it’ll be a huge asset,” Quinn said.
This year is historical for the Town of Hamburg as it will be the first time that a three-person board will be elected. On the campaign trail, Quinn said some residents have expressed concern over whether this size board – which took effect on Jan. 1, 2012 – is working.
He said he will continue to seek input from residents, but that if they ever wanted another referendum to be placed to return the board to five members, he would support it.
“It makes it harder to get things done concerning the open meetings law,” Quinn said. “Most of the people who do bring it up want to go back to a five-person board.”
Quinn added that he is concerned about the tone at boards.
“I think we need a whole new slate,” he said.
And if he is successful in his campaign, Quinn said he will push for an audit to see where the town stands financially.
He began campaigning door-to-door a few weeks ago, and said he is still learning a lot about issues that are important to the residents.
From there, he will continue to fight for what he believes is right and what the people of Hamburg want.