ELKHART — Doug Miller, who runs a home construction business here, plans to run for the Indiana House seat to be vacated by Tim Neese.
He becomes the third GOPer to announce plans to vie for the post.
“I feel strongly about making a difference in my community,” Miller said in a statement. “It is important that my children and grandchildren have the opportunity to call our great state their permanent home.”
In his statement, Miller cited a desire to serve and give back to the community and also touted his faith in God. Beyond that, he singled out education issues, expressing seeming support for vouchers, and voiced an anti-tax message.
Miller has never held office or run for office before, he said Monday, Jan. 20.
“If I am hired to be your next state representative, I will fight to make sure that education tax dollars follow students to the school of their parents’ choice, that remaining barriers to business and job growth are torn down and that taxpayers are able to keep more of their hard-earned money,” he said in his statement.
In 2010, Miller took part in the campaign to promote a constitutional amendment question on the election ballot that year to place caps on property taxes.
Neese announced plans last year to run for mayor of Elkhart in 2015 and said he wouldn’t seek re-election to the District 48 House seat he’s held since 2003. Ahead of Miller, two others, both Republicans, announced plans to run for Neese’s post — Adam Bujalski, a branch manager at a Goshen bank, and Jesse Bohannon, who works at The Crossing Education Center in Elkhart.
Miller, who lives in Osolo Township just north of Elkhart, is a lifelong resident of Elkhart County. He created his company, D.L. Miller Construction of Elkhart, “from the ground up,” his statement said, and has since founded real estate and property management firms as well, Creekside Realty and White Pines Properties.
He has served in varied positions within the Builders Association of Elkhart County, the Indiana Builders Association and other builders’ groups. He’s also served on the Elkhart County plan and plat commissions and the Elkhart County Board of Zoning Appeals.