Lewes Democrat Mike Miller jumps in Senate raceSays small businesses need support
A Lewes business owner is joining the race for the Democratic nomination for the Cape Region's new 6th Senate District seat. Democrat Mike Miller, 43, officially filed for candidacy April 23, at Sussex County Department of Elections in Georgetown.
The district will encompass Dewey Beach, Rehoboth Beach, Lewes and Milton. The seat was added in Sussex County to account for changes in population; Northern New Castle County lost the Senate seat after redistricting.
A native of the area within the new district, Miller said he understands the needs of the community. “Over the upcoming months I will present ideas and plans how we together can make this new 6th District great,” he said.
Miller has owned Miller's Lawn Service and Taxman Accounting Service, both located in his hometown of Lewes, for 20 years. Miller said, if elected, he could use his accounting experience to help Delaware keep a balanced budget and regulate taxation in the state.
As a small business owner, Miller said he would like to reduce the unemployment tax rate for start-up businesses. He said he would like to create a refundable credit for businesses that go a number of years without placing any workers on unemployment. “As an accountant I hear these things from clients, and as a business owner I also feel the pinch in paying,” Miller said.
Miller also said he would work with Sussex County Council to develop a plan for sustainable economic development in the area. He also said he plans to make public safety a top priority through support of first responders and police officers in the district.
Miller ran for Congress in 2000 and 2002 against Republican Mike Castle; he was defeated in both races. A graduate of Cape Henlopen High School, Miller ran unsuccessfully for a seat on Cape Henlopen School Board in 2009.
In June 2009 – one month after the school board election – Miller was involved in an argument at Shields Elementary School. He was ultimately banned from school property and prohibited from making contact with school personnel.
Miller is a member of Delaware Nursery and Landscape Association, National Society of Accountants, Delaware Association of Public Accountants and Crossroad Community Church. Miller lives with his wife, Denise Miller, and their two children in Lewes.
Miller will face fellow Democrats Andy Staton and Bob Frederick, both of Rehoboth Beach, in a Tuesday, Sept. 11 primary election.
A campaign rally will be held at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, July 14 at 32107 Jimtown Road in Lewes. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.