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Councilwoman Carol Berz speaks about the Business Improvement District during a Chattanooga City Council meeting Tuesday, July 30, 2019, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. / Staff file photo

Chattanooga City Councilwoman Carol Berz will seek a fourth term representing District 6 in 2021.

Berz, who represents Brainerd, Brainerd Hills, Concord and portions of Harrison, Ooltewah and Tyner, said her experience on the council proves her ability to make deliberate spending and growth decisions for her district and the city as a whole.

"Accountability and integrity are a vital part of my role as a city councilwoman. I know that the decisions I make affect my district as well as the city as a whole," she said. "My focus will continue to include responsible spending, safe neighborhoods, protected zoning, smart growth and quality infrastructure."

In a news release, Berz, who serves as chairwoman of the council's Budget and Finance Committee, touted her experience collaborating with neighborhoods, small businesses, developers, stakeholders and city officials to identify district issues, explore opportunities and help create solutions that are in the best interest of the district.

On top of growth measures, Berz prides herself on helping establish Chattanooga's Family Justice Center to support local victims of sexual assault, human trafficking, elder abuse and domestic violence, and serving the city as a founding member and co-chair of the Mayor's Council For Women, where she works with women from across the city to advocate for the social and economic well-being of women and families.

"It is a privilege to represent the diversity in District 6 and together we will continue to celebrate our differences while making our community a thriving place to live, work and play," she said. "We still have a lot of work to do and it would be my honor to continue to serve the people of the district."

In the announcement, Berz noted a history of solution-based, collaborative problem-solving, in both the public and private sectors as a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 listed general civil and family mediator and trainer for more than 25 years.

With nearly 12 years experience representing the district, Berz also has served as both city council chair and chair of the Budget and Finance Committee.

She is currently running unopposed to represent the district in the March 2021 election.

Contact Sarah Grace Taylor at staylor@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6416. Follow her on Twitter @_sarahgtaylor.

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