Wes Moore picks Indian American Aruna Miller his running mate

New York: Democratic candidate for Maryland governor, Wes Moore has selected Indian American Aruna Miller, a former state delegate from Montgomery County, to be his running mate. 

Moore said Miller meets all his criteria for an ideal candidate for lieutenant governor. 

“I am ecstatic and I am so humbled,” he said. “Aruna is someone I have long admired. She is a principled and a very seasoned legislator and executive. She has had a chance to work in both the legislative and executive branches. And she’s fought for families.” 

Moore, a novice political candidate, said Miller would be “a true partner on this journey” and called her “a brilliant public servant.” 

Miller, 57, is an experienced campaigner who has both political and policy chops. 

She served two terms in the House of Delegates, representing a district that included the Potomac area and points north. She spent four years on the House Ways and Means Committee and four years on the Appropriations Committee, working on issues like paid family leave, transportation policy, domestic violence, and STEM education, among many others. 

And she provides a balance to Moore in both obvious and subtle ways. 

While Moore has worked with government in his role as a social entrepreneur and advocate, Miller has a long career in government, from her eight years as a state lawmaker to her experience as an engineer, planner and transportation official in Montgomery County and other jurisdictions. 

Moore, who has made his from-the-bootstraps biography ‘The Other Wes Moore’ an essential part of his campaign said he was impressed by Miller’s personal story as an immigrant — she came to the U.S. from India with her family when she was 8 years old — who rose to the highest levels of government. 

“I have found someone who is a loving mom who has raised three remarkable young women here in Maryland and someone whose own immigration story has inspired her to a life of public service,” Moore said. “This is someone who I just truly admire.” 

There is also a geographical balance between Moore, who is the only Democratic candidate for governor from the Baltimore area, and Miller. But Moore said he planned to deploy Miller across the state. 

Beyond winning her two legislative campaigns in District 15, Miller has also been through the rigors of a congressional campaign and built a solid fundraising network along the way. She was the runner-up in the Democratic primary for Congress in the 6th District in 2018, finishing 9 points behind the victor, now-Rep. David J. Trone, who built his name ID by spending tens of millions of dollars of his own money on two successive congressional races. 

Miller raised about $1.47 million for the 2018 race, and beat Trone in Montgomery County. Miller was gearing up to run for Congress again this cycle if Trone had decided to run for governor, and banked over $250,000 for her fledgling congressional run. But she essentially suspended that effort when Trone announced he was seeking reelection.(Source: marylandmatters.org)

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