As part of APAICS’ “Meet a 2018 AAPI Candidate” series, we would like to introduce Aruna Miller of Maryland. Read below!
Running for: U.S. Congress, MD-6
Ethnicity: Indian American
Indian-American politician Aruna Miller is a Congressional candidate running in the 6th District of Maryland.
Miller, 53, is currently a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, to which she was first elected in 2010.
Democratic incumbent John Delaney will not seek re-election and instead has announced his run for the 2020 Democratic party’s presidential primary.
“As an immigrant, I have been afforded incredible opportunities here. I want to pay it forward and make sure we keep the doors of opportunity open to all our citizens,” Miller said after she officially filed her Certificate of Candidacy. “Congress needs more experienced, progressive legislators at this critical time, if we are going to enact and keep policies that really serve the best interests of the people and our country.”
Miller, a civil engineer, has been endorsed by EMILY’S List and 314 Action, a political action committee dedicated to electing more STEM candidates.
She spent 25 years working for Montgomery County. In 2010, she was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates, where she represents the 15th District and serves on the Appropriations Committee.
The Maryland primary election is scheduled for June 26.
Miller, who came to the U.S. from India at the age of seven along with her parents, said her political interest was sparked by the Bush vs. Gore election in 2000, where the fate of the country was not determined by the voters but rather by the Supreme Court.
“It was then I realized democracy needed me. Not as a bystander or to cast a vote when there’s an election – I needed to engage and empower others every day. I started to volunteer locally which brought me face to face with the needs and problems of others in the community,” she said.
Miller moved to Montgomery County, Maryland, in 1990, where she married her college sweetheart, David Miller; they have three daughters: Meena, Chloe, and Sasha. Miller is an avid animal rights advocate and vegetarian.