MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- A local financial adviser announced Thursday he has decided to run for a Murfreesboro City Council seat.
“The quality of life in Murfreesboro is great,” Rick LaLance said. “I am fortunate to have been able to grow up in safe neighborhoods, receive a quality education, have a good job and raise my family in Murfreesboro. The people who take care of our community do a good job. I want to continue that and make improvements wherever possible.”
LaLance, a senior vice president and an investment adviser for Pinnacle Financial Partners, said he believes the citywide comprehensive plan that is currently under consideration is the biggest issue facing the City Council.
If elected, he said he would work to provide a long-term vision to improve quality of life.
“The next City Council will truly help shape the future of Murfreesboro,” LaLance said. “Voters want someone who is going to listen to all sides and make smart, reasonable decisions. I would like the opportunity to serve and influence those decisions that will impact our community for years to come.”
As someone who manages more than $100 million worth of assets for clients, the Middle Tennessee State University alumnus said he understands the importance of keeping taxes low and operating the government in a fiscally conservative manner.
“That means smart growth, using a broader tax revenue base to keep our tax rates low, and making sure we have efficient services,” LaLance said. “I understand how numbers work. Minimal debt is sometimes a necessary tool for a city that is experiencing growth like ours, but I believe you take on as little debt as you can, structure it correctly, and pay it back as quickly as possible.”
Even so, he said maintaining a strong support for police, firefighters, educators and other city employees is important for the city.
“Police and firefighters are generally under appreciated,” he said. “If you take a risk, you should be rewarded. I appreciate what they do. … A safe town like ours is one that can focus on a strong economy and a good quality of life for all of its residents.”
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