WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Penny Miller loves Wichita Falls.
"I think the key thing is people getting involved in their community, and trying to make their community better in their own fashion," Miller said. "Everybody should contribute."
It's what drove her to run for City Councilor At-Large.
"I have family that lives here, granddaughters that are growing up," Miller said. "And I want to make sure the community is a place that they'll be successful and want to live in when they get older and have their families here."
Miller spent 21 years in the U.S. Air Force as a Personnel Officer and now owns her own HR company.
She has served on city boards and commissions in the past and is currently on the Civil Service Commission and Lake Wichita Revitalization Committee.
Miller believes the top two issues facing Wichita Falls are economic development and quality of life.
"Yes, we need to bring in the bigger businesses," she said. "But the smaller businesses are really the train that drives. So that's what we need to focus our efforts on."
"There's a perception that this is not a great community to live and work," Miller continued. "And it is, but we can make it better."
She thinks Lake Wichita could be the answer.
"Lake Wichita is potentially one of the greatest drivers of economic development we can have," Miller said.
She believes downtown blossoming is one of the best things happening in Wichita Falls right now and thinks a new full-service hotel and conference center will just add to the momentum.
Miller said even though the cost of living is relatively low in the city, the wages do not cover all the bills a single person has to pay.
Charles Barr, Bob Whiteley, and Brendan Bell are also running for City Councilor At-Large. The election will be held November 7.