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Susan Miller

Businesswoman Susan Miller has announced her candidacy for the Chattanooga City Council District 1 seat.

District 1 encompasses Lookout Valley, Moccasin Bend, Mountain Creek and portions of Hixson and North Chattanooga.

Incumbent Chip Henderson has announced a re-election bid for the seat and businessman Jay Nevans has picked up papers to qualify for candidacy.

"If we work together to make use of all of the city's resources, we can address the challenges of high crime, affordable housing, and nationally competitive education," Miller said. "Over the course of my career I have led successful projects and collaborated with people from all types of backgrounds to solve business problems. I believe this experience will enable me to work across district and organizational boundaries to find creative solutions to the education, safety and housing challenges our city faces."

Miller described Chattanooga's crime rate as alarming and promised to work with the police department and rally support for initiatives designed to make the city a safer place to raise families.

"High crime rates affect all citizens," Miller said. "Our homes may be in one district but we live our lives across all districts."

She also said she would work with community leaders to improve the quality of public education and support zoning ordinances which "provide housing options for citizens willing to work for their family."

"As a city council member, I will be a voice for District 1 and strive to make the entire city a better place for our community to thrive," Miller said.

Elections for the Chattanooga mayor and City Council members will be held March 7. Early voting is Feb. 15 to March 2.

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