Orlando State Representative Mike Miller announced he was running for Congress on Thursday afternoon, making him the first major challenger to incumbent Democratic Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy.
Miller, who was first elected to the state house in 2014 released this statement.
“It’s time for Congress to represent the views, the values and the priorities of the people,” said Miller “And making that happen starts right here at home, by electing a member of Congress whose vote is guided by what’s right, and what’s in the interest of our people, our community and our nation. This district should no longer be represented by someone whose vote is controlled by Nancy Pelosi and the ultra-left.”
Murphy, who was elected last November after defeating longtime incumbent John Mica in the Orange-Seminole County seat currently faces a primary challenge from Attorney Chardo Richardson. Miller’s entrance also sets up a possible GOP primary with State Senator David Simmons, who said he’s 98% sure he’s running.
The eventual general election is expected to be one of the most competitive and costly congressional races of the 2018 mid terms.
Miller’s announcement will also set up a fight for his District 47 seat which includes Winter Park and Downtown.