TUNNELTON — Dave Miller, former Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture and head of WVU Extension, officially kicked off his candidacy for West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture at his farm in Tunnelton, WV.
“Over the past several months, I have talked with farmers and people all over West Virginia, many of whom have asked me to run for this position,” Miller explained. “They told me that because of my first-hand experience as a farmer, as well as my work as Deputy Commissioner under Commissioner Gus R. Douglass and my service with the Extension Service and the Legislature, they believe I am uniquely qualified to advance agriculture across West Virginia.”
The son of a World War II veteran who worked as a custodian at Tunnelton High School, Miller learned the importance of service and hard work at an early age.
During his career of public service in the Mountain State, Miller has worked as a teacher, principal, coach and director of personnel in West Virginia’s public schools, and was later elected to both the House of Delegates and the Senate in the West Virginia Legislature. After serving as Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture under Douglass for five years, he then served WVU and four WVU Presidents in key positions, including as WVU Government Relations Director for State Government and then as WVU Associate Provost and Director of Extension.
“Serving as Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture and Director of WVU Extension, as well as Chair of the Agriculture Committee in the House, I have had the honor to work with farmers and those in agri-business in all 55 West Virginia counties,” Miller said. “For the past several years, my wife, Barbara, and I have learned even more about this vital industry by raising beef and dairy cattle as well as field crops at our 100-acre farm here in Tunnelton. Through this first-hand experience, we fully understand the struggles of West Virginia farmers and want to help them be more successful. We are very proud to call ourselves ‘farmers.’”
The registered Democrat said he plans a grassroots campaign based on listening to farmers and voters all across the state and using social media to communicate with constituents. “I am willing to serve if people want me,” he said. “I will not run a campaign badmouthing other candidates or run a lot of political advertisements. I think people are tired of this kind of ‘politics.’ I plan to use word-of-mouth advertising, personal connections, small group meetings and social media to help people learn more about my campaign.”
Miller said that he promises voters three things if he’s elected: “First of all, I will work very hard. Secondly, I will do all I can to advance agriculture in West Virginia. Lastly, I will do everything possible to make people proud of their vote by ‘doing the right thing’ every day while serving in this position.”
Miller has published a Facebook page and invites people to learn more about him and his campaign by “liking” his page: https://www.facebook.com/DaveMillerCandidateforCommissionerofAgriculture/