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March 4 – Ardsley Park Assn. President Nick Palumbo announces challenge to Alderman Julian Miller for District 4

Category: Local Govts & Politics

By Lou Phelps, SBJ

March 4, 2019 – Community leader Nick Palumbo, a resident of the Ardsley Park neighborhood in Savannah, held a formal campaign kickoff event at 2 p.m. today to confirm what had long been rumored – he’s running for the District 4 seat on the Savannah City Council currently held by Alderman Julian Miller in the upcoming municipal elections in November.  

Miller, a Realtor and the former publisher of the Savannah Morning News, has not announced whether he intends to seek re-election.  Palumbo is the current president of District 4’s largest neighborhood association.

In an interview today, Miller said, “I haven’t decided if I’m running, haven’t decided if I’m going to do anything.”  He has been rumored to have also looked at a run for Alderman at Large, Post 1, the seat currently held by Brian Foster who has not announced whether he will seek re-election, either.

In his announcement today, Palumbo said, “I believe it's time for us to turn our focus to our neighborhoods, our communities, and our City.  For years I have worked as a volunteer and advocate for historic preservation, crime prevention, and our neighborhood associations. Now I'm ready to work for the 4th District and lead Savannah by building a brighter future because I believe Savannah's best days are ahead of us. 

The core of his campaign will be “Public Safety, Public Safety, Public Safety. Crime is on the rise in our District. Year over year, violent crime has ballooned in our Central Precinct by an increase of 46% since last year, and a 37% increase the year prior. As a former Federal law enforcement officer with years of

experience in some of the most professional agencies on the globe, I will pursue proven

strategies to support our police department and fight crime. We must provide competitive

benefits to the men and women serving our community so we can field the world-class public

service agencies that Savannah deserves,” he said, in his statement today.

His second campaign theme is “Back to basics - infrastructure. This Fall, I led the Ardsley Park/Chatham Crescent Neighborhood Association to conduct an all-volunteer assessment of our public infrastructure including our streets and sidewalks. I witnessed first-hand the thousands of opportunities our City needs to address so we can build a brighter future. I will focus City policy on getting back to the basics

and fixing our infrastructure.”

And third, Palumbo outlined “Building with integrity. Let's keep Savannah, Savannah. Preserving our historic resources, promoting smart building and development practices, and protecting our valuable tree canopy is essential to the identity and economic future of our City. In 2018, I was honored by the Historic Savannah Foundation with the Lee and Emma Adler award for Preservation Advocacy, as Jane

Fishman (local media columnist) declared me ‘Savannah's Man of Action.’ Under my leadership, I will promote a successful vision for Savannah where we preserve our sense of place and promote a

sustainable outlook where we make smart decisions for our future.”

“My commitment to you is that I believe that Savannah's best days are just ahead of us and I can

lead us there. Because as I have seen first- hand, when we work together there is nothing we

can't achieve,” he concluded. 

With a campaign theme of “Leadership in the Nick of time for Savannah,”  Palumbo has launched a Crowdpac fundraising website, and a campaign website at

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