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Staff File Photo By Robin Rudd / City Council member Marvene Noel, far right, joins other council members and others from the Tim Kelley administration at the announcement of a housing initiative in March.

When the Chattanooga City Council chose Marvene Noel to serve as an interim council member in March, she was judged the strongest of seven applicants because of her deep ties to the District 8 community.

Now, as she seeks to be elected to fill the unexpired portion of Anthony Byrd's term in the Aug. 4 election, we see no reason she shouldn't continue to represent the precincts of Amnicola, Avondale, Bushtown, Courthouse 1, Courthouse 2, Eastside 1 and Eastside 2.

Noel's resume when appointed included membership in the Orchard Knob Neighborhood Association (where she is a past president), Board of Governors of Parkridge Health System, director of diversity for the League of Women Voters of Chattanooga and membership in the Orchard Knob Collaborative and East Chattanooga Community Council.

She has said she hopes to find a solution to the district's food desert and to see more lighting, improved sidewalks and trees added to the community.

Noel is opposed by Malarie Marsh, a paralegal and licensed private investigator, and Marie Mott, a community activist whose past includes charges during the summer 2020 riots for obstructing an emergency vehicle and disorderly conduct.

We believe Noel's community service gives her the best shot at offering stable leadership for District 8 and urge her election.

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