Nicole Miller has announced a Democratic run for the 87th Pennsylvania House District, a seat held by Republican Rep. Greg Rothman, but likely the most competitive district in Cumberland County’s current political geography.
In a campaign announcement, Miller, 43, highlighted her interest in health care, both broadly and specifically toward mental health and school resources. A mother of three, Miller lost her 19-year-old son to suicide two years ago.
“I am running because I know that many people living in the commonwealth are struggling to find help in a broken mental health care system. This affects our students, veterans, educators and neighbors. I can no longer watch as we move forward at this slow pace while we are losing lives,” Miller wrote in her announcement.
“The issues we face aren’t partisan and the solutions shouldn’t be partisan either,” Miller wrote. “Providing children with strong, safe schools along with clean air and water are issues on which we should all be able to agree. Veterans are lacking the support they need and deserve given the sacrifices they have made for our country.”
Miller said she would promote “trauma-informed and fairly funded public schools with increased resources” as well as “affordable, accessible, and inclusive health care,” veterans’ services, juvenile and criminal justice reform, and LGBTQ services.
The 87th District consists of Camp Hill borough, East Pennsboro and Hampden townships, and the southern part of Silver Spring township.
Rothman, like many Midstate Republicans, secured re-election in 2018 despite voters moving left further up the ballot; Rothman won by 13 points over Democratic challenger Sean Quinlan, but his district also voted for Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf over Scott Wagner by 11 points.
Rothman is one of the highest-ranked legislators in Harrisburg by Americans for Prosperity, a conservative advocacy group that promoted his bill to put stricter time limits of state agencies’ permitting reviews, which could significantly impact environmental regulations.
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