Miller to run for City Council, District 7
Local businessman Mead Miller Tuesday afternoon announced his candidacy for the District Seven seat on the Mobile City Council.
“I’m excited about the challenge of
representing District Seven," said
Miller. "I want to see that the things
that need to be fixed get fixed. I
want to focus on day to day quality
of life and city-service issues in my
district as well as responsible
long-term planning for positive
growth throughout our community."
A native of Washington, DC and a graduate of St. Albans School in that city, Miller, 58, is co-owner of two restaurants in Mobile, one downtown and the other in west Mobile near the University of South Alabama.
Miller lives at 3655 Old Shell Road in the Spring Hill section of Mobile with his son Harrison, 13, an eighth grader at St. Paul’s Episcopal School. He recently moved there after residing in midtown in District 2.
Miller earned a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University in New Orleans and his Master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
After several years in the motorcycle industry as a magazine editor and a state and Federal legislative specialist, Miller moved to Mobile in 1976. He was a petroleum and crude oil executive with Marion Corporation for several years before buying his first Mobile business in 1985. He has been a local business owner ever since.
For the past decade, Miller has been the co-owner of the Picklefish Corporation with two restaurants located at 5955 Old Shell Road and 251 Dauphin Street in Mobile.
Along with his business experience, Miller has long served the community in a number of volunteer positions. He currently serves as a Mobile City Planning Commissioner, and he is a former president of Main Street Mobile and a former vice-president of the Downtown Mobile Professional and Business Association. He is a sustaining member of the Center for the Living Arts, and serves as chairman of the Saenger Theater Advisory Board.
"I will bring several important positives to our City Council: my independent outlook; my real-world experience in running small businesses; my formal education and practical experience in City Planning; my ability to build bridges and encourage cordiality among divergent groups; my passion for excellence; and my positive, can-do attitude," said Miller."Our City needs smart, open-minded and independent leadership, and I know I can provide that.”
Other candidates in the District 7 field include former city spokesperson Gina Gregory and radio and television broadcaster Shane McBryde.
The election is scheduled Aug. 23. The part time position pays about $32,000 a year.
District 7 is the only council seat where the incumbent is not seeking re-election. Councilman John Peavy, who won a special election last September to fill out the unexpired term of newly-installed Mobile County Commissioner Stephen Nodine, is running for mayor.