Miller pledges to work with Rowan commissioners if re-elected

JON C. LAKEY / SALISBURY POST Salisbury City Councilman Brian Miller listens intently to the speakers during the public hearing at the Salisbury City Council in regards to the city financing the building of the new central office for the Rowan-Salisbury School System on the 300 block of South Main Street.
JON C. LAKEY / SALISBURY POST Salisbury City Councilman Brian Miller listens intently to the speakers during the public hearing at the Salisbury City Council in regards to the city financing the building of the new central office for the Rowan-Salisbury School System on the 300 block of South Main Street.

SALISBURY — Naming economic development and the city’s relationship with Rowan County as top priorities, Brian Miller is running for a third term on Salisbury City Council.

Miller, 44, a banker with BB&T, said his focus since 2009 has been to make Salisbury more attractive to potential investors and leverage public and private investment to increase the city’s tax base. He said the city has become more business friendly during his time on the council, including the new One Stop Shop for development.


“While we have made progress, we can never allow ourselves to become complacent,” Miller said. “I have decided to run for re-election primarily because I feel that the job is not yet completed.”

As the community emerges from the recession, Miller said he will work to make sure Salisbury and Rowan County are in a position to benefit from the improving environment. 

He also wants more cooperation between the city and county. Miller said he’s willing to work with the county commissioners on anything that will move the community forward and make compromises to do it.

“I do, however, believe that it is my duty to advocate for positive community outcomes even when the county leadership doesn’t agree with me on my position,” Miller said. “I don’t think that is being hard to get along with.”

Miller said if re-elected, he will put the greater good of the community ahead of personality conflicts and hopes to find willing partners on the county board.

Miller earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He’s active with United Way, Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Salisbury, Rowan County Tourism Development Authority, RCCC Foundation, Civitan Club, North Hills Christian School and Rowan Little League.

He’s one of 10 people running for five seats on the City Council.

Contact reporter Emily Ford at 704-797-4264.

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