US Representative Candice Miller is in a tough race with Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marocco for his position up for election in November.
Representative Candice Miller’s career in public service reflects a long history of efficiency and cost effectiveness – from her early roots on the Harrison Township Board of Trustees, to her current responsibilities representing Michigan’s 10th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Representative Miller is currently serving her seventh term after first being elected to office in November of 2002. In addition to representing the views of Michigan’s 10th Congressional District in the Halls of Congress, Representative Miller serves as Chairman of the Committee on House Administration – currently serving as the only woman chair of a committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. She serves as Vice Chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security, and is a member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. In Congress, Representative Miller has been a leader in protecting the Great Lakes and promoting Michigan industry.
Prior to her election to Congress, Representative Miller served two successful terms as Michigan’s Secretary of State. Miller made dramatically improving customer service the hallmark of her administration, and her work was recognized by the voters in 1998 when she was overwhelmingly re-elected, winning every county in the state and becoming the first statewide elected official to achieve a margin of victory of over 1,000,000 votes. Her leadership not only led to improved services in Secretary of State Branch Offices, but also in the administration of elections. Following the disputed 2000 election, the Ford–Carter Commission on National Election Reform cited Michigan’s Qualified Voter File, pioneered by Miller, as a national model, and Miller also began the process of implementing a statewide uniform voting system. All of her election reforms helped to reinforce Michigan’s reputation for free, fair, and open elections.
Representative Miller’s career in public service began when she was elected to the Harrison Township Board of Trustees in 1979. Only one year later, she was elected Harrison Township Supervisor, becoming the youngest Supervisor in her township’s history, the first Republican since the Great Depression, and the first woman ever elected to the post. During her 12 years as Supervisor, Harrison Township experienced explosive growth as she held the line on taxes and streamlining government to allow for job creation, all the while being hailed for doing so in an environmentally sensible manner. In 1992, she was elected Macomb County Treasurer, becoming the first Republican to win a countywide office in Macomb County in more than 60 years.
She and her husband, retired Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Donald Miller, continue to reside in Harrison Township. Judge Miller formerly served as Colonel in the Air National Guard. He flew missions in Vietnam and was the base commander at Selfridge Air National Guard Base.