Thanks, but no thanks: Miller won’t take on Walz in ’14 but isn’t ruling out future run

2013-06-15T00:00:00Z Thanks, but no thanks: Miller won’t take on Walz in ’14 but isn’t ruling out future runBy Mary Juhl mary.juhl@winonadailynews.com Winona Daily News

Sen. Jeremy Miller, R-Winona, announced Friday that he will not pursue a run for Congress in 2014.

Miller said that after consulting his family, he decided it’s not the right time to run for the U.S. House of Representatives seat held by four-term incumbent Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn. He said earlier this week that he was considering it after being approached by several people.

“I’m focused on being the best husband and father I can be along with running a successful small business,” Miller said in a statement.

In an interview, he said he might consider a run for higher office in the future.

“I always keep my options open,” he said. “I would not rule out anything at this point, just not for 2014.”

Miller said that he hopes to grow as a legislator during his second term in the state Senate by continuing to reach across the aisle and develop strong ties with constituents.

“One of the most important aspects of being successful in life is developing good relationships,” Miller said. “As a legislator, I do my very best to develop relationships with colleagues on both sides of the aisle because at the end of the day, I want to get things done for the constituents I represent in the state of Minnesota.”

Miller, 30, is chief financial officer at Miller Scrap, his

family’s business. He and his wife, Janel, have a 1-year-old son, Drew, and are expecting twins in August. He defeated one-term DFL Sen. Sharon Erickson Ropes in 2010, and won a second term last year after defeating DFL opponent Jack Krage.

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(4) Comments

  1. Rock-on
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    Rock-on - June 15, 2013 10:21 pm
    First of all I agree with Easy. He needs much more time before he ever considers running for higher office. And who knows the future? None of us!!!!!!!!!!!!
  2. Emil
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    Emil - June 15, 2013 1:44 pm
    Jeremy is missing the wisdom of his Uncle Morrie.. The current republican power structure in MPLS is absolutely void of any understanding of foreign policy. Jeremy would be wise to study a man like Sam Nunn and develop an expertise along his experiences.
  3. easy
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    easy - June 15, 2013 1:29 pm
    In today's world image is perception, and perception is reality. Jeremy needs to find a grown-up haircut. That thing now is way too boyish. Somebody called him a fresh-faced kid. Time flies, and that'll be gone before you know it.
  4. Richard123
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    Richard123 - June 15, 2013 8:38 am
    Miller decided it's not the right time to run because he knows he will lose otherwise he would have run against Walz.
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