9:30 P.M (MST)
City of Yuma Mayor Elect Douglas Nicholls is used to spending time hard at work in the office.
As the owner of Core Engineering Group in Yuma, Nicholls spends countless hours every week coming up with innovative solutions to business challenges.
Now he will do the same for the City of Yuma.
Nicholls says his first order of business will be to strengthen the ties between the city's elected officials.
"It’s very important that everyone has an independent thinking process that they go through, but also they we maintain a unified message,” says Nicholls. “That way we can represent Yuma completely and wholly."
Achieving economic stability will also be at the top of the mayor elect's to-do list.
“We talk about jobs, creating jobs in construction and in industry, and we also want the city to be business friendly, all factors which can drive our local economy.”
Nicholls tell News 11 he believes Yuma to be a very family oriented community, which is why he plans to push hard for more drug awareness programs, particularly highlighting the dangers of meth abuse.
"I want to build on what’s already been done in the community, and work towards bringing up the awareness,” he says. “That will help bring down crime, as well as the overall health of the community."
Nicholls is a Yuma native, and says there is no other community he would be more proud to represent.
"I don't think there is anywhere else I have ever been, where people come out and support each other. It’s a mindset that we are a community and we stick together." For the video interview, check out KYMA's facebook page.