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W.Va. college students to seek 53rd delegate seat

January 05, 2006|by ROBERT SNYDER

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A lifelong Berkeley County resident will seek the West Virginia House of Delegates seat being vacated by Republican Vic Roberts.

Jonathan Miller, 21, of Bunker Hill, W.Va., said he will kick off his campaign for the 53rd District delegate seat with a reception Friday at the Inwood Eatery, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., according to a news release.

"Friday's reception will allow me the opportunity to meet the people of South Berkeley County face to face and listen to their concerns. It will also let them hear the positive message I have for our community," said Miller, who describes himself as "pro-life and pro-family, pro-guns and pro-jobs."

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"I represent the values that embody South Berkeley County and the founding of our country," he said, calling his campaign an effort to stop the growth of government over people's lives.

The reception is free and open to the public.

A Musselman High School graduate and student at High Point University in North Carolina, Miller said he supports a constitutional amendment limiting eminent domain actions by the government and "well-connected businessmen" and also favors eliminating the state's food tax, which he called a burden on low-income and working-class residents.

"They don't have the same amount of disposable income, and eliminating the food tax would reduce the burden on them," Miller said in an interview Wednesday.

Miller seeks to replace Roberts, R-Berkeley, a proponent of failed legislation that would have allowed county governments to regulate how late bars could serve alcohol to prevent bar patrons from coming in from states that have earlier cut-off times.

Roberts announced last month that he will not seek re-election when his term expires in December 2006.

Miller, who plans to graduate this spring with a degree in political science, said he wants to work to improve the state's business climate and reform the legal system to attract more jobs to the region.

Miller has worked on a congressional campaign and has been active in the Republican Party on the local, state and national levels, the release states.

The 53rd District includes Inwood, Bunker Hill, Gerrardstown, Glengary and most of southern Berkeley County.

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