Two television ads released today highlight some of state Del. Aruna Miller’s most significant legislative accomplishments in the Maryland General Assembly, hoping to convince Democrats – and eventually some Republicans – in Maryland’s 6th Congressional District to send the veteran female legislator to Washington to succeed U.S. Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) in a district that stretches from Deep Creek Lake to the edges of Potomac.
Miller, a traffic engineer who lives in Darnestown, says in her ad entitled Every Law that “almost every law I write comes from listening to people’s stories.”
In the same ad, Miller – one of three Democrats who represents Montgomery County’s District 15 in the House of Delegates – says that as a legislator, she has fought for more “computer science in our schools, GPS tracking for domestic abusers and some of the strictest gun safety laws in the nation.”
Last week, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed HB 281 into law, a bipartisan bill sponsored by Miller that expands access to computer science education in Maryland’s public schools.
“By passing HB 281, the General Assembly has taken a critical step to make Maryland the Silicon Valley of the East,” said Miller. “We must ensure that all of our children, no matter what their zip code, can fully participate in the 21st-century economy. Our students should just not be consumers of technology — they should be the creators of it.”
Miller’s Computer Science for Education for All bill requires Maryland’s public high schools to offer at least one topflight computer science course, and it requires the Maryland county school boards to add computer science to elementary and middle schools.
Additionally, Miller’s legislation increases the number of computer science teachers, and it establishes the Maryland Center for Computing Education. Miller’s bill also included $2 million to help schools fulfill this commitment, bringing the total amount to $7 million over three years.
In her second 30-second ad, dubbed Reasons, Miller waxes sentimental and shares brief anecdotes from her childhood into college. In the ad, Miller says that she has “a lot of reasons to give back.”
Miller was the last of her family to arrive in America in 1972, immigrating from India when she was seven-years-old. During college, Miller worked at the now-defunct Mexican fast-food chain Naugles.
“I can still remember that snowy day, tucked away safely in my dad’s arms, as we stepped off the plane in New York City. I didn’t know it then, but America had just welcomed me home, and it was my turn to give up who I had been for what I was to become, an American,” writes Miller on her website.
Miller appears on screen in the ad’s final seconds pronouncing that she’s running for Congress “because, right now, protecting American families means stopping Donald Trump.”
Miller has amassed endorsements from more than 20 state lawmakers and has been endorsed by Emily’s List and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.). Her campaign has raised over $1 million and is expected to bring in more cash by the end of the cycle.
Miller’s chief rivals in the eight-person Democratic primary include millionaire businessman David Trone, state Sen. Roger Manno (D-Silver Spring) and Dr. Nadia Hashimi, a Potomac-based pediatrician and best-selling novelist.
Last month, the Maryland Republican Party targeted Miller in a pair of mass mailers that attacked her for being weak on crime. Miller responded in turn, calling the Republican-launched ads “racist.”
The eventual Democratic nominee will likely face off in November against Republican Amie Hoeber, a former Pentagon official and national security consultant who was defeated by Rep. John Delaney in the November 2016 general election.
Maryland’s primary is set for June 26.