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Avon Republican Pete Miller was sworn into office Tuesday to fill the vacancy created when Danville‘s Connie Lawson was appointed secretary of state. He will serve the six-and-a-half months remaining in her term.
A caucus of precinct leaders in Hendricks and Putnam Counties selected Miller from a field of nine candidates. Miller will have to run in a second caucus after the May primary for the right to replace Lawson on the ballot for a full term.
He will face a slightly different group of voters — some precincts have been dropped from the district and others added for the maps which take effect this year. And a new roster of committeemen in all precincts will be elected in the primary.
“I know I have a strong group of supporters there, but any of the new faces, I‘ll make sure I go out and meet them and convince them just like I would for the first race,” he says.
Miller says he will not take anything for granted, but says he hopes other candidates will stand aside and make his selection a formality.
Miller is Fourth District Republican chairman. Until his swearing-in, he had worked in Governor Daniels’ Office of Management and Budget in the efficiency and financial planning section — a job he had to give up to join the legislature. He says he will be doing some contract work for a local sports-management firm until the end of the year.