Zell Miller’s grandson enters race for Georgia’s lieutenant governor

011215 ATLANTA: Former Govenor Zell Miller and First Lady Shirley are introduced in the balcony during the inauguration of Governor Nathan Deal to a second-term of office on the first day of the legislative session on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

011215 ATLANTA: Former Govenor Zell Miller and To start with Lady Shirley are introduced in the balcony through the inauguration of Governor Nathan Deal to a next-term of workplace on the 1st working day of the legislative session on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

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Miller is the fourth Democrat to enter the race for lieutenant governor — and the 1st white prospect in the contest. Point out Reps. Erick Allen and Derrick Jackson, and political advisor Kolbey Gardner are also in the jogging. All a few are Black. State Sen. Elena Mother or father of Atlanta is also thinking of signing up for the race.

Senate President Pro Tem Butch Miller is the greatest profile Republican in the race, and he’s already raised $2 million for his campaign. But condition Sen. Burt Jones is envisioned to before long sign up for the GOP contest, potentially with former President Donald Trump’s seal of acceptance. Activist Jeanne Seaver is also functioning.

All are jostling to exchange Republican Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, who declared in May possibly that he would not search for a second term to as an alternative market his vision of a GOP in the article-Trump entire world.

Miller grew up in Young Harris, the mountain town that formed his grandfather’s everyday living, and was politically energetic from a youthful age. All through his grandfather’s memorial support in 2018, Miller spoke movingly about a personal letter his grandfather wrote with 14 lessons he wished to share with all those closest to him.

The classes ranged from deeply philosophical to downright blunt: “Whiners are awful individuals to be all-around. Really don’t be a single.”

Miller, who now life in Watkinsville, does not see himself as a political iconoclast like his grandfather, who infuriated fellow Democrats with his conservative document in the U.S. Senate – and his embrace of President George W. Bush.

The young Miller, far too, dabbled in conservative politics, serving as Republican Doug Collins’ campaign supervisor throughout his profitable 2012 marketing campaign for a U.S. Household seat. He calls himself a “Joe Biden Democrat” who is extra socially liberal than his grandfather, and his platform embraces lots of of the president’s difficulties, together with expanding Medicaid.

But all through the job interview, Miller repeatedly pivoted to the HOPE system, echoing other Democratic candidates who centered their campaigns on the well-known scholarship.

The lottery-funded software once lined comprehensive tuition, together with books and other service fees, for students with “B” averages attending community faculties and complex faculties in Ga. It also originally only went to learners in people with incomes of much less than $66,000 a 12 months.

But the lottery brought in so a great deal money the revenue cap was eradicated. Soaring demand led Republicans to minimize a offer with top rated Democrats in 2011 to slash the awards, leaving most pupils with a a lot less generous variation of the scholarship.

Miller would force for more funding for the larger education technique to offset tuition expenses, advocate for an money cap to assure condition help goes to the neediest pupils and transform the lottery’s reserve account into a condition endowment whose earnings are utilized to finance demands-dependent assist.

“My reason to get in this race is the HOPE scholarship. I’m contemplating about the people we assisted continue to be in college through the foundation – and the others we could not,” Miller reported. “If we’re prosperous, we’ll be in a position to supply HOPE for them and their people. And that will change their lives eternally.”