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A Lancaster native and political newcomer is vying for the Lancaster City Council District 4 seat.
Tamara "Missy" Green announced her candidacy on Sunday with a get-together at a home on Willow Lake Drive, land that has belonged to her family through the years.
Green said she deeply cares about the community.
"It brings me back to my roots," she said Sunday. "This district is truly dear to me."
About 30 people turned out for the gathering, also attended by former City Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace, who is running for the District 3 seat on council.
A Hood Street resident, Green said it's time to take back the community and address issues that have been ignored, like crime and water-system issues.
"I decided to run for the seat when I woke up one morning and realized that God has given me the ability to help people," she said.
Green said safety is of paramount concern to city residents, who want to feel safe in their homes and at church.
Green said some churches in parts of District 4 need to be locked while worship is in session.
That is not the way things were when she grew up in the area.
"The main thing is their (residents') safety. People should haven't to be dead-bolting their doors and having bars on their windows," Green said.
The young people of the district and city need constructive, community-based recreation like what she enjoyed as a youngster.
Green is concerned about how some youth are now spending their time.
"They have taken to the streets," she said. "We are losing our youth."
A platform with specifics on how Green will achieve her goals will come soon, she said.
Green faces incumbent Lancaster City Councilman Bill Sumner for the District 4 seat. Sumner announced he would run again on Tuesday.
Green is manager at Advance America in Lancaster and serves on the board of Communities in Schools. She is active at her church, St. Paul AME Church of Lancaster, as a member of its choir and steward board.
Green has two children – a daughter, Daisha, and a son, Mason.
She has an associate's degree in paralegal studies and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Kaplan University.
Contact reporter Johnathan Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (803) 416-8416