April Miller, a former Frederick County Board of Education member, is campaigning to represent District 4 in the state House of Delegates.

In a July 2 news release announcing her 2022 campaign, Miller said living through the pandemic and witnessing others struggle with the obstacles it presented compelled her to run for office.

“We have faced challenges never before seen in our state, especially in regards to public safety, education, and healthcare,” she stated in the release.

A self-proclaimed conservative Republican, Miller served two terms on the county’s Board of Education before Gov. Larry Hogan (R) appointed her to the board of trustees for Frederick Community College. She will maintain her seat on the FCC board through 2024.

The Frederick County resident and Middletown High School graduate served as vice president and chaired several committees during her tenure on the Board of Education.

“I am looking forward to once again meeting the families throughout the district, learning their priorities, hearing their concerns, and with their support, serving as an advocate for them,” she said in the release.

Miller is a Frederick-based optometrist who’s been in practice for more than 20 years, according to the news release.

Three men, all Republicans, currently represent District 4 in the House of Delegates. Del. Jesse Pippy and Del. Dan Cox were both elected in 2018. Cox formally announced his campaign for governor Sunday.

Del. Barrie Ciliberti has held his seat since 2015, though he’s in his second stint as a state delegate. He represented Montgomery County District 39 from 1995 to 1999.

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(10) comments

shiftless88

"My entire lifetime spent in a 40 mile radius of Frederick County has prepared me for understanding the broad needs of this diverse district..." Honestly, I don't really trust politicians who have never been anywhere.

elymus43

Hope she wins.

BlueFredneck

A dead boy or decomposing girl are required for an R to lose in District 4.

I could see Cox running several thousand votes behind the other two Republicans in November (should he make it that far), but not actually losing. I could see Cox losing to Pippy/Ciliberti/Miller in September.

I'm guessing MD doesn't have an LBJ rule that lets Cox run for multiple offices.

Piedmontgardener

Good old time political reference - Eddie Edwards. That man was a character.

schaeferhund

I believe Cox actually garnered the most votes in 2018 than the other delegate candidates. I believe there's considerable risk he'll win the gubernatorial primary. While a win in the general election seems laughable, I'll never underestimate the Democrats' ability to screw up an election.

FrederickFan

Totally ineffective on the Board of Education and now wants to be ineffective in the legislature. The GOP has no competent candidates.

marinick1

No Republican can be effective, in your little mind, just because they're Republican. Perhaps April was "ineffective" because you disagreed with her politically. Such an open mind you have. [beam][tongue]

Aperiodic.Moralist1

[thumbup]

gabrielshorn2013

That's a mighty broad brush you're using FrederickFan. In what specific area was Dr. Miller ineffectual? What are the criteria for a "competent candidate ".

FlyFisherman

Dr. Miller is “competent” and has a good heart. But is that enough? Her inability to be prepared for meetings, maintain an open mind when listening (when she did listen) to others perspective, and the agonizing need to talk through every decision out loud which prolonged BOE meetings and appeared disoriented and confused, were the things that made her “ineffective”. She appeared on the Glenn Beck television program with Cindy Rose to protest a third grade textbook when she was serving on the Board of Education. She was the vote (Cusimano was not there) against Policy 443 – Welcoming and Affirming Transgender and Nonconforming students. Her politics are comparable with Ms. Rose and Mr. Cox but I’ve heard nothing from her about Trump. Hopefully someone will ask her.

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