A former Maryland State Delegate, Aruna Miller will run if the incumbent and old rival David Trone decides to run for governor.
Aruna Miller, an Indian American civil engineer who has worked for 25 years in Maryland to ease traffic congestion and improve public safety, raised $229,276 in the first quarter of 2021 for another potential congressional run.
The majority of Democrat Miller’s donations came from her supporters in Maryland, according to her campaign’s first report filed with the Federal Election Commission.
Miller, a former Maryland State Delegate (Legislative District 15, 2010-2019) does not accept any corporate PAC money, according to a press release from her campaign.
Miller had run from Maryland’s open 6th Congressional District in 2018, but lost the Democratic primary to the eventual winner, Rep. David Trone.
“I am humbled by the outpouring of support locally and nationally. If Maryland’s 6th Congressional District seat opens up, I will run a campaign that speaks to the needs of our constituents and that helps build a more just and inclusive nation, one that works for all of us,” said Miller.
Since early 2021, Miller has been organizing and raising money to launch a campaign for MD-06 should Trone decide to run for a different office, the release said.
The congressman is reportedly considering running for governor in 2022.
In 2018, Miller came in second in a field of eight candidates in the Democratic primary for MD-06. She raised the most funds from individual donors and won Montgomery County, the largest portion of the District.
Maryland’s 6th Congressional District includes the northwestern part of Montgomery County, Frederick City, and includes all of Washington, Allegany, and Garrett Counties.
Miller, who represented Legislative District 15 for nine years in Maryland State assembly, focused her legislation on the needs of working families, STEM education, survivors of domestic abuse, environmental protection, and union and employee rights, the release said.
Miller has worked for the Montgomery County Department of Transportation for 25 years to implement solutions to ease traffic congestion and improve public safety.
After the failed congressional bid, she briefly served as the executive director of of the Indian American Impact Project and the Indian American Impact Fund.
Miller and her husband have lived in Montgomery County for more than 30 years, raised three children, a few dogs, and care for her mother who resides with them in Darnestown, Maryland.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand endorses Aruna Miller (March 29, 2018)
Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett endorses Aruna Miller (February 19, 2018)