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Our view: Miller's appointment leads good news ahead of holiday

Published By Newark Advocate on July 4, 2021
Kevin D. Miller In The News

The selection of Kevin Miller to the Ohio House of Representatives is a positive step forward for the legislature and area residents.

Miller replaces indicted former speaker Larry Householder to serve the 72d District after fellow legislators expelled Householder in June. The district includes Coshocton County, Perry County and part of Licking County.

While the time it took to remove Householder was long, House Republicans made quick work to find his replacement. And we think they made a solid selection for the district.

Miller most recently worked as a legislative liaison for the Ohio State Highway Patrol, drafting legislation and keeping troopers apprised of what's happening at the Ohio Legislature. He previously served as commander of the Patrol’s Granville Post.

Early reviews from people familiar with Miller have been overwhelmingly positive. Described as an opposite from the often blustery Householder and as someone who is receptive to talk out issues and is active in the local community. Generally he's been described as a dedicated public servant.

His background with law enforcement will also provide perspective as the legislature looks to implement critical police reform.

We are obviously biased here, but Licking County should benefit from having two residents serving in the legislature. It will be up to Miller to prove he is providing quality representation to the people of Perry and Coshocton counties as well.

There are many important issues facing Ohio. We look forward to seeing how Miller addresses them and wish him luck moving forward.

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