Defeated in primary, Syracuse resident seeks council seat as write-in

Sep 17 2013 - 4:33pm

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Randy Miller
Randy Miller

SYRACUSE -- When it comes to city politics Syracuse resident Randy Miller just won't take no for an answer.

Miller, an unsuccessful candidate in the Aug. 13 Syracuse City Council primary, has paid his $25 for a second time and declared his candidacy as a write-in candidate for council for the Nov. 5 general election.

Miller, 41, who finished sixth in a field of seven candidates in the primary, made his official write-in declaration before the Sept. 6 deadline, making him an official candidate, according to Stephen Marshall, interim Syracuse city manager.

"(Miller) is one of (seven) that ran for council," Marshall said.

"Even as a citizen, one of those candidates I could see myself voting for," Miller said.

But Miller, a map maker who is currently employed with the U.S. Air Force, said without naming names, he is "not comfortable" with the other three council candidates running.

"I think people deserve choices, so I filed," said Miller, a self-described independent.

"Partisanship is what is really ruining things in Syracuse," he said.

But Miller, who along with council candidates Daniel Schuler and Travis Waller, was eliminated in the primary, recognizes the difficulty in running a write-in campaign.

Miller with his declaration will now compete for two open four-year council seats against Councilman Brian Duncan, who was appointed to his current office, along with challengers Michael Gailey, Allen Lowry and Gary Pratt.

Gailey led the Aug. 13 primary in votes among those council candidates.

Also on the Nov. 5 ballot will be the city's mayoral race, which consists of challenger Terry Palmer and Councilman Douglas Peterson.

Syracuse Mayor Jamie Nagle has opted not to seek re-election after one full term in office.

Miller ran for Davis County surveyor in 2010.

Contact reporter Bryon Saxton at 801-625-4244 or bsaxton@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @BryonSaxton.

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