New Haven education activist Miller running for Ward 14 alder

NEW HAVEN — For years, Sarah Miller has taken her community’s needs into her own hands.

A lead organizer for the grassroots public school parent group New Haven Public Schools Advocates, Miller said her corner of Fair Haven has not had the consistent political presence it needs.

“We need representation,” she said.

To that end, Miller has filed paperwork to run for the Board of Alders in Ward 14, a ward that has had a lot of turnover of its board representatives in recent years.

“We need the most basic functions of the alder to be filled; somebody who can advocate for this part of the city in terms of allocating resources equitably,” she said.

Miller’s husband, Lee Cruz, also is a well-known community leader who has advocated for community improvements, including years of leading walking tours of the racially and ethnically diverse Fair Haven neighborhood. He currently is co-chairman of the Fair Haven Community Management Team.

“As an active person in the community, between Lee and I, we’re the ones who get called anyway about stuff,” Miller said.

She said she recently went to aldermanic leadership directly to advocate for traffic calming measures requested by her neighbors.

Miller said her primary interest in running for alder is to further her commitment to her neighborhood advocacy, as a seat on the board would grant her more power to usher in change than as a member of the community.

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