Del. Tag Greason (R-32) is no longer running unopposed for his third term in the Virginia House of Delegates.
Broadlands resident Elizabeth Miller announced Tuesday that she had filed to run as an independent for the 32nd District seat. She is the wife of former Supervisor Stevens Miller.
“I am completely opposed to Tag Greason running unopposed,” Miller said of her decision to enter the race, noting she grew more concerned when she saw that the Loudoun County Democratic Committee did not have anyone file to run. “I said, ‘I can’t let that stand.’ We can’t let somebody who voted for the trans-vaginal ultrasound run unopposed…we need to have a choice on the ballot.”
Greason was first elected in 2009, defeating Democrat David Poisson. He ran unopposed in 2011.
Miller is a former member of the LCDC, and said she will be seeking the endorsement of the Democratic Party of Virginia.
“This will be a grassroots effort all the way,” she said in announcing her candidacy. “I've knocked on thousands of doors in this district. I know my neighbors better than Tag Greason does. They want a government that respects their privacy and their right to control their own lives.”
Miller sent in her paperwork May 13 and spent the weekend going door-to-door to meet voters; she said she has most of the signatures she needs to be added to the ballot and that her statement of organization will be sent in by the end of the week.
A long-time activist and volunteer for Democrat candidates, Miller is very familiar with grassroots efforts—she even runs a blog called the Doorbell Queen. She said she plans to continue those efforts as a candidate.
“I have talked to a lot of folks,” she said. “Just in the last four years what a lot of people have said they really want is the government to take care of the problems they see day to day, and not be in their bedrooms and their private lives. They think that people who are currently in charge in Richmond, including Tag Greason, are focusing only on social issues and not the problems they are seeing day to day.”
While she acknowledged that her opponents might say she is the one focusing on social issues, Miller said she is simply reacting to the assembly’s actions and trying to change the focus of Richmond. “Government exists to protect liberty and foster prosperity,” she said. “You don't do that by voting for invasive laws, wasting money on old technologies, and being obsessed with social issues. I'll devote myself to transportation, education, and the economy. I trust the people of my community to take care of pretty much everything else without their government's intrusion.”
Miller recently accepted an invitation from Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe to serve on his campaign's "Women for Terry" steering committee. In addition, from 2008 to 2012, Miller served on Loudoun's Community Services Board. She is a George Mason University graduate, with a degree in psychology.
For more information on her campaign, go to www.elizabethmillerfordelegate.com.