Central Magnet High School student Zach Ouellette, 17, has announced his candidacy for a seat on the Murfreesboro City Council.

City Council elections are Aug. 6, 2020, according to the Rutherford County Election Commission website. Administrator Alan Farley said council candidates must be 18 by the time of the election, a registered voter, have lived in the city for one year, be a U.S. citizen and have no felony convictions.

Ouellette will turn 18 on May 15, 2020.

Ouellette attended the Murfreesboro City school system and in a news release said he understands the importance of a high-quality education. Being a student and the son of two teachers in Murfreesboro, Ouellette said that there are dire problems in the education system that must be addressed. He said that high quality public schools lead to high paying jobs in Murfreesboro and will stand up for students and teachers.

About the recent property tax increase, Ouellette said he is adamant about reducing unnecessary spending to allow a future with lower taxes for the people of Murfreesboro. By spending only on what is needed and leaving what people merely want up to the private sector, Ouellette said he believes that Murfreesboro will see an improved standard of living, all at a lower tax rate.

“It is time for a new perspective on old issues. We have to rein in spending where we don’t need it so we can allocate funds to what we do need, especially education and infrastructure,” Ouellette said.

Ouellette is a member of the student council at Central Magnet High School.

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