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By Martin Couch
Alderman Brenda Miller is at home in Bryant.[more]
"I believe a solid background and experience leads to good decisions concerning government transparency and citizen trust to continue to build a progressive City of Bryant now and for future generations to enjoy,” she said. “During the past 23 years of residency in Bryant, I have seen and experienced many changes. Due to Bryant being centrally located, home buyers and commercial developments have decided to call Bryant home as our family has done."
Miller officially announced her bid to retain her seat on the Bryant City Council. The election is slated for Nov. 6.
Miller has served on the Bryant Planning Commission from 1997 to 2007 and has seen many new developments within the city limits, like the creation of Wal-Mart, Ashley’s, Target, the Alcoa Exchange, Bishop Park, Hurricane Golf Course, a new regional airport and Bethel Middle School.
"Over the past 23 years, I have seen Bryant's population grow from about 4,000 citizens to over 17,000 today," Miller said. "In recent years, the city of Bryant has transformed from a bedroom community to a city with a variety of commercial establishments with continued dedication to safe neighborhoods and great school systems."
Miller has also served on the Bryant Chamber of Commerce Christmas in Bryant committee and Civic & Government Affairs committee.
"Bryant is blessed to have wonderful and talented community volunteers and leaders to keep it a good place to work, shop, dine, live and support our students," she said.
From 2001 to 2006, Miller was a member of the Bryant School Board and worked with administrators and fellow board members to construct Bryant Middle School, the Bryant Athletic Complex, Bethel Middle School and broke ground at Hurricane Creek Elementary.
"During my tenure on commissions, boards and now City Council, Bryant has been progressive and considerate of the needs of our community," Miller said. "Rapid growth has brought difficult decisions and changes for this community to maintain its friendly historic southern charm, safe neighborhoods and great school system. We must all work together with many ideas to continue to develop Bryant as the ‘People’s Choice’.
"It has been an honor to serve the citizens of Bryant Ward 4 since the council appointed me in March 2010 due to Robbie Young moving out-of-state, and then elected that fall by the citizens of Ward 4," she added. "I believe too much government is restrictive and regressive but progressive and transparent government builds trust to develop government that protects and supports a thriving and growing community for years. I do believe Bryant needs better connector streets with sidewalks and bike lanes with curbside recycling to give our city complete transit flow and respect for our environment."
Miller has 18 years of work for Saline County as a certified appraisal manager and senior appraiser for the county accessing. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in political science and human resources.