Karen Miller is seeking the Republican nomination for the District 4-B County Commission seat currently held by incumbent Mark Hasty.

Miller will face Hasty and fellow challenger Marty Durand in the May 6 county primary election. “I want to make a difference in the county,” she said. “I want to represent the citizens. I am not a career politician, and I am very concerned about the lack of citizens participating we have at this time. I feel Blount County’s taxpayers need accountable representation. I want to work for and not against the citizens.”

Miller, 62, retired from merchandising and retail department management. She currently provides caregiver responsibilities for her father.

The county debt is Miller’s biggest concern, she said. “I want to work to cut wasteful spending and stop new taxes and reduce runaway county debt. I wish to support an open, efficient government, and I support term limits.”

Where to cut will require further study,” Miller said. “I cannot give a definite answer right now because I would have to really study the budgets and see where there are needed cuts that need to be made that I can adjust there.”Miller is married and has two daughters and six grandchildren. She is an active member at Fellowship Baptist Church in Maryville.

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