Current communications director for the Calvert County Republican Central Committee, Ron Miller is a politician and businessman from Huntingtown, Maryland. He served in the United States Air Force from 1983-1992, attaining the rank of Captain. Miller worked for the Bush administration from 2001 to 2004, initially as Chief Information Officer (CIO) with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and later as a Program Executive Officer for the Small Business Administration (SBA). He also has worked for Science Applications International Corporation and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
In 2006, Miller ran for a seat in the United States House of Representatives for Maryland, but later dropped out of that race. He then announced his bid for state Senate instead. He ended up losing to Thomas V. "Mike" Miller, Jr., but on April 9, 2009, he announced he will be running for the seat again in 2010.
Did you have any important role models growing up? Or do you have any currently?
Growing up, I admired Billy Graham, who is a mighty man of God, and my grandfather, Melvin Lubin from whom I get my love of politics and faith. When I was young, I was sure my calling was either going to be in politics or the ministry. A role model of mine later in life, the great British statesman William Wilberforce, lived a life that proved to me I didn't have to choose between one or the other, that politics could be a ministry if I glorified God with my words and deeds.
Have there been any moments in your political or business career which have impacted you above all others?
Being appointed to serve the President of the United States is still the highlight of my professional life. I had long since given up on being politically active when an associate of mine from my U.S. Air Force days serving on the President's transition team invited me to interview for a political appointment. Things happened so quickly after that, I knew God was pointing me in a new direction. That appointment is what brought me here to Maryland and I await the next chapter he has for me with great anticipation.
If you were given one year to live, what is the overriding task you would want to accomplish before death?
I'd fight to persuade the black community of the genocidal nature of abortion. Far too many black babies are murdered in abortuaries, 80% of which are deliberately placed in minority neighborhoods. The history of Planned Parenthood is saturated with the stench of eugenics, and we are willing participants in our own diminution as a race. Moreover, we betray our Christian faith when we minimize abortion to give a higher priority to more worldly issues of political power and influence. The sanctity and dignity of every human life ought to be a cause near and dear to our hearts because our worth as human beings was questioned for hundreds of years. Abortion is spawned from the same cesspool as slavery and we ought to be its biggest opponents.
The Internet in many ways is making the political process more democratic and inclusive than it's been in recent decades. It bypasses a lot of the traditional barriers to political involvement, and allows the candidate to make direct contact with supporters and bring them news and information not filtered by the mainstream press. It's an extension of grass-roots politics and no modern campaign can ignore its impact.
You stated on your blog, "God willing, I will seek the Maryland Legislative District 27 Senate seat in 2010…". Why have you chosen to run again for this office in 2010?
The Senate district in which I live has been represented by the same man for thirty four-plus years; he is also the Senate President and arguably the most powerful man in Maryland politics. On his watch, our state has become one of the highest taxed in the nation, and we are among the top ten nationwide for highest cost of doing business and highest cost of living. His policy decisions suggest he has lost touch with the struggling families of his district and the state, and is more concerned with his party's power and his own, rather than the needs of others. I offer true servant leadership and a promise to transform, not just reform, Maryland government. My goals are to let people keep more of what they earn, zero-base the budget every year and make every program justify its budget, develop performance plans for all government programs and monitor their progress toward achieving outcomes that do the most good for the most people, and terminate programs that aren't delivering. It's your money, not theirs and we need less taxation and more representation.