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District 8 Chattanooga Councilman Anthony Byrd / Contributed photo

Chattanooga Councilman Anthony Byrd is running for re-election in March to continue to serve District 8.

Byrd, who was elected in 2017 and faces two opponents in his re-election campaign, said he wants to serve a second term to continue his current work.

"My plans for the next four years are to continue doing what is right for EVERYONE in District 8. This entails numerous topics and issues affecting our district and city which include but not in the least limited to: supporting affordable housing, job creation, addressing homelessness, road repairs and traffic control measures, funding and acknowledgment of historical projects," he wrote in a release.

Byrd, who has advocated for police reform, economic and developmental improvements to the district and more affordable housing options said that he wants to continue to pursue that mission, but with more experience as a second-term councilman.

"I have advocated for a lot of stuff and I have learned a lot about what the community wants and needs and how to get there," Byrd said Wednesday. "But also I know what it takes to be a good councilman and I understand the processes a whole lot better than when I first started, so I'm ready to get even more done in the next four years."

Byrd said that in his last four years, his greatest accomplishments have included helping to form a citizen police oversight board and establishing housing options in District 8, among other things.

"During my current term, I was able to resolve and help implement solutions for many pressing needs in District 8 and other parts of our city. These accomplishments include: successfully negotiating rent provisions for three housing properties (Bayberry Apartments, Ridgeway Apartments, and Patten Towers), ensuring affordability over the course of 15 years, addressing homelessness in Chattanooga by pushing to get low barring shelter that sleeps 150 or more with wrap around services, following through with road repair paving and installations of hundreds of traffic speed humps for safety, oversight and addressing concerns of development of Avondale Center and The Tubman sight, and bringing jobs like we did with M&M Industries, Home Serve, Gestamp, Nippon Paint, and more that pay a fair wage," Byrd said.

"My energy and actions are also invested in planning a trade school that teaches robotics, coding, framing, pipe fitting, brick masonry, electrical, and mechanical welding skills. Knowing our city has to be prepared for the new age of 2021, pushing a trade school has to be at the top of the list in order for our city to be prepared to work highly skilled jobs as they come."

But still, Byrd said he has more work to do for the people of his district.

"I just know that there's more I can do in these areas and generally in the district," Byrd said. "I'm just not done and I hope everyone will turn out to vote on March 2."

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

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