Miller runs as an independent for Congress

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By Roger Snodgrass

Carol Miller said she happened to be in Jeff Bingaman’s Senate office in Washington when it dawned on her that New Mexico was going to have three first-term representatives in Congress next year.“Who will be in the House to represent New Mexico, when we have 100 percent freshmen?” she asked herself. “Then, I sort of jokingly said – maybe I’ll run.”When she talked it over with potential constituents back in New Mexico, she found their response to be “overwhelmingly favorable,” she said.Miller announced formally that she was in the race March 4 at the state Capitol, emphasizing her experience and the advantages of independence.“I don’t have to be loyal to anyone, except you the voters,’’ Miller said at the time.In a recent interview with the Monitor editorial board, the long-time resident of Ojo Sarco, and veteran health and rural community activist, elaborated on these themes, recalling her many years of working with members of both parties to advance legislation in Washington.She endorsed Heather Wilson, R-N.M., in the last election, because she considered her to be the best candidate. “I really appreciate the value of hard work and good staff,” Miller said.She praised former Rep.

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