Indian American statehouse delegate is running for Congress from Maryland’s sixth district.
Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett has endorsed Indian American Democrat Aruna Miller, who is running for Congress from Maryland’s 6th congressional district.
“I am proud to endorse Aruna Miller to be the next Congresswoman from Maryland,” he said. “In the years that I have known her, she has had an exemplary commitment to the people of Montgomery County and has dedicated herself to serving every individual she represents. Her record of votes and constituent services demonstrate that she is the right person for the job. We will all benefit having Aruna Miller in Congress.”
Thanking Leggett, Miller, who is a Maryland statehouse delegate, said, “County Executive Leggett is a legend here in Montgomery County but also across the state. Every day he has made our state and our region a vibrant, thriving place to call home. His work will benefit generations of Marylanders and I am lucky enough not only to have him as my County Executive but also as a mentor, my former boss and as my friend. Ike’s leadership has inspired me in my own public service career.”
According to the Miller campaign, the Indian American has received endorsements from Maryland statehouse Speaker Michael Busch and Chairwoman Maggie McIntosh, in addition to many of her colleagues in the Maryland House of Delegates. “I am so fortunate to work with leaders like Ike Leggett who exemplify government service at its best,” Miller said in a press release.
Leggett, a Vietnam War veteran who served as the chairman of Maryland Democratic Party, is retiring as the county executive later this year.
In an earlier interview with the American Bazaar, Miller said that she wanted to make sure that the 6th district “remains a Democratic seat as this is very important for the state of Maryland and the people of Maryland.”
“My focus is going to be that I’m here to represent the people of the 6th district. So far, based on the information that I know of the candidates that are running, none lives in the 6th district. I am the only one [among other potential candidates] who has lived here and raised the family here. I work here, and I have represented a section of people within the 6th district [as Maryland state delegate]. I need to run my campaign on the needs of the people and not worry about who my opponents are, and how much money they have. My focus is to see what I can do for the people of the 6th district,” she added.
Miller moved to the US from India in 1972 following her parents and lived for a while in Poughkeepsie, New York, then moved to St. Louis, Missouri with family. She went to engineering school in Missouri University and is a civil engineer — a transportation engineer.
She married her college sweetheart and moved to Montgomery County, Maryland in the 1990s. The couple has three daughters. Two of them have graduated and they are working in New York City. And the youngest is a freshman in University of Maryland, College Park.