The 41-year old attorney, who has been a Douglasville resident for 36 years, is now meeting with city employees to learn what he called the “inner workings” of city government while continuing his pledge to constituents to bring more economic development to the city’s downtown area.
In the Nov. 5 election, Miller, who served on the Douglas County School Board for four years, defeated two-term incumbent Dennis McLain, taking 55 percent of the vote.
He credits his victory to a campaign that attracted all segments of a very diverse Douglasville community.
“The entire community came together and supported our campaign as we are all striving for something better for Douglasville,” Miller said.
His loss in the House District 66 Republican primary last year was a learning experience for Miller, one he was able to draw on in his city council race.
“I had to contend with a lot of circumstances that developed before the primary election which taught me a great deal about the elements of a political campaign,” he said.
Miller’s decision to run for the council post was made last July when he said his predecessor voted to deny pay raises to city employees.
“However, Mr. McLain then supported a recommendation to increase the monthly salary of Douglasville council members to $1, 075,” Miller said.
Published reports show McLain did support that recommendation which passed by a 4-3 vote.
“I represent transparency and efficiency in government,” Miller said.
Although he plans to gather as much information about city government before his inauguration, Miller, who is a member of Douglasville’s Downtown Development Authority, is no stranger to economic development, especially to the downtown area.
“Economic development was a big part of my campaign and I want to involve our constituents more in that process,” Miller said.
“Although I want as much economic development as we can get in Douglasville, I want it to be the right type of businesses for our community,” he said.
Although Miller said he is grateful to those who supported his campaign, he is aware that with that vote comes great responsibility.
“I want our constituents to know that my door is always open and they can contact me anytime,” he said.
Miller pledged he would help guide the city in an efficient and effective manner with transparency and accessibility being his bywords.