Montgomery County Council Vice President Nancy Navarro latest to endorses the Indian American, running for Maryland’s 6th congressional district.
Maryland Del. Aruna Miller, who is running for the open 6th congressional district from the state, continues to bag high-profile endorsements from influential Democratic party leaders.
The latest Democrat to endorse Miller, who is currently representing the District 15 in the statehouse, is Montgomery County Council Vice President Nancy Navarro.
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According to an official press release, Navarro is the first member of the Montgomery County Council to endorse a candidate for sixth congressional district.
“Aruna Miller is a gifted, experienced legislator and problem-solver who is deeply concerned about people and knows the issues important to our communities,” Navarro said. “Most admirable is that Aruna is not afraid to stand up to the forces that stoke fear and seek to divide us. Having represented our interests in Annapolis exceptionally well, Aruna Miller will stand out as a Member of Congress from Maryland.”
“As a County Council member, Nancy Navarro inspires people with her dedication to public service and her ability to deliver results that are beneficial to all segments of the community. I am honored to have Nancy’s support,” Miller said.
The Indian American has received endorsements from officials at every level — local, county, statewide and federal. Among those who has backed her candidacy include Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY; all four Indian American Representatives Reps. Pramila Jayapal, D-WA, Ami Bera, D-CA, Ro Khanna, D-CA, and Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi; Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett; former Maryland Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend; and Maryland Del. Kumar Barve, the longest-serving Indian American lawmaker in the county.
The Democratic primary for the 6th district, which is scheduled for June 26, is a closely watched race. Eight candidates are vying for the party nomination.
One of Miller’s opponents is Potomac, MD, millionaire David Trone, who had spent more than $13 million when he ran unsuccessfully from the neighbouring 8th congressional district in 2016—the most money spent by a self-funded candidate for a congressional race.
Miller has raised more than $1 million in campaign donations so far. Her campaign has said more than 97 percent of the contributions have come from individuals and it has “far outpaced her rivals in both the number of contributions (1,723) and individual donors (1,402).”
“By comparison, in 2017, the other six Democrats in the CD6 race as a group only had raised approximately $600,000 in donations from 500 individual supporters and political action committees,” the campaign said.
Miller, who came to the United States from India at age 7, is a civil engineer by profession. The issues she is campaigning on include women’s rights, children’s safety, environmental protection, and transportation.