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Cumberland Valley teacher announces bid for county treasurer

Cumberland Valley teacher announces bid for county treasurer

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Hampden Township resident Jake Miller has announced that he will seek the Democratic nomination for Cumberland County treasurer in the May primary.

“So many folks do not know what the county treasurer’s office does, and I seek to not only educate them on the functions as treasurer, but to serve and empower Cumberland County’s citizens to hold all of its elected officials accountable for our limited resources. As treasurer, I will work to build a community that values our shared investment in preserving our rich history and planning our vibrant future,” Miller said in a news release

A history and civics teacher at Good Hope Middle School in the Cumberland Valley School District, Miller began his career in politics, organizing students at Bloomsburg University to register to vote before electing a student as mayor. He then worked as a Democrat serving the Republican state Senate.

He took over for his government teacher at his alma mater in Carbon County before moving to Cumberland Valley to teach math.

Miller has built a variety of programs connecting Cumberland County students to the community, from welcoming veterans to his school for each of the 13 years in his career, traveling to Normandy and China on scholarship, and building the school’s National History Day programs.

He testified to the state House of Representatives to fix standardized testing and appeared on ABC27 to oppose legislation that would arm teachers.

This caused Miller to re-enter the political orbit, most recently hosting political debates in 2016 and 2017, being elected judge of elections in Hampden Township and advocating for legislation in the halls of Harrisburg.

“Community involvement is part of my blood. My EMT and firefighting dad, my clerk court mom and my three brothers (one a community advocate, another a police officer, and another a soldier in the U.S. Armed Forces) have held a standard of serving that is as innate as anything in our family. My mission as an advocate, speaker and educator will continue as Cumberland County’s treasurer,” he said.

Miller holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from Shippensburg University and bachelor’s degrees in education and history from Bloomsburg.

Miller and his wife, Devin, have been married for 6 years. They are the parents of two boys, ages 1 and 3. They met at and are involved at Trinity Lutheran Church in Camp Hill.

Email Tammie at tgitt@cumberlink.com. Follow her on Twitter @TammieGitt.

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