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Meet Tanya Milton, County Commissioner, District 5

· 2020 Candidates

Tanya Milton, the Vice President and Advertising Director of The Savannah Tribune, began her newspaper career as a high school student decades ago selling advertising for the “Oracle”at Windsor Forest High School. She attended Marsh-Draughon Business College in Atlanta, Ga.After returning to Savannah, Milton was hired by The Savannah Tribune to typeset and layout the weekly newspaper. After only one year, she was promoted to Editor & General Manager and took charge of the production of the newspaper. Milton moved to Detroit and continued her newspaper career with The Detroit Free Press and later with the Kansas City Star and Times. She moved back to Savannah and began her full-time career as an Account Executive at the Savannah Morning News, where she worked both classified and retail advertising sales. After 20 years with The Savannah Morning News, Milton began putting together a business plan for her own marketing company, T-Time Marketing, she was contracted by The Savannah Tribune in June 2002. In July 2003, she was hired to work as Marketing and Advertising Director. She currently serves as the company’s Vice President and Advertising Director.

As a resident of the Chatham County 5th District since 1963, Milton is deeply engaged in her community as a member of several organizations including the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, United Way of the Coastal Empire, Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, American Diabetes Association, Homebuilders Association of Greater Savannah and Vice President of Savannah Jazz. She recently raised over $12,000 as a part of the Susan G. Komen Big Wig Campaign. She currently serves on the Metropolitan Planning Commission for the past 10 years, as Chairman 2016-2018. She has received numerous awards while serving her community. She is the 2010 Mirror Ball Winner of Dancing With Savannah Stars for CASA.

Milton is a member of Top Ladies of Distinction Savannah Chapter and a longtime member of Tremont Temple Missionary Baptist Church. Milton is a 2019 graduate of Leadership Southeast Georgia. She is married to Walter Thomas and have two daughters and two grandchildren.

Why are you running for office and as a Democrat?

The democratic way has been a part of my growing up. I grew up during the civil rights movement and I viewed the democrats as the party for the people seeking equal rights under the law.

If elected, what would be your top priorities? Why? How would you approach finding a solution?

I want to learn more about the process as a Chatham County Commissioner.

One of my top priorities is to engage the residents in a dialog to identify issues and collaboratively develop solutions.

I also want to work to improve public safety and develop a more resilient community while working with other commissioners.

Why should voters cast a vote for you?

I have been heavily involved in my community for many years serving in several capacities to bring about positive change. I have demonstrated my work ethic as a servant for the people. I am a team player and will work hard to get the job done.

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