Scott Miller intends to submit his paperwork on Monday to run for Simi Valley City Council. I’ve known Scott for a couple of years and know that he’ll put a lot of passion into his campaign. But I’ve also seen passion behind the work the incumbents (Michelle Foster and Glen Becerra) have done during their time in office. I had some questions for Scott about his campaign and he was gracious enough to answer them for me.
Q: Scott, I’m curious. What’s inspired you to run for Simi Valley City Council? And how will your presence in City Council be better for the City than by simply re-electing the incumbents?
A: Mike, one thing is that I am not seeing enough done for the small new business person. Also, I keep hearing from young people there is nothing to do in Simi Valley. Mike, I see a synergy there someplace. I feel that I bring a different look at things. My kids go to public school. My wife is a teacher. I am a business owner who is changing the way I am doing business. There are dozens of businesses that have closed in Simi Valley, my store being one of them. I am passionate about my city. I am the guy next door. I know I will bring a different spin on things.
Q: Name recognition is an important thing in local elections. How will you “get your name out” to Simi Valley voters?
A: Mike, I know lot of different people from all walks of life. People know me from Tutu’s Shave Ice. I have been in Simi Valley for a long time. I make a point of not being a wall flower and I enjoy talking to people. My kids and friends make fun of me because when we go out, people come up to me and start talking!
It’s true! I’ve seen this. A chat with Scott outside the grocery store turned into a marathon of people shouting “Hi Scott!” People know this guy! But will that be enough to squeeze out one of two popular City Councilmembers? Time will tell.
Best of luck to Scott Miller on his campaign! More to come, I’m sure!
Scott Miller at his shop, Tutu’s Hawaiian Ice Cream Shack