Warren Miller, a Woodbine Republican and incumbent delegate from District 9A, announced his bid for re-election Sept. 27.
Citing issues with the state's spending as well as new Common Core academic standards, Miller said he wanted to continue to fight for a less-regulated Maryland.
Miller, 48, said he's watched the state's budget balloon during his decade in Annapolis.
"I feel like there are a lot of things going on in Annapolis that are actually hurting our economy, hurting our state from a business prospect," Miller said. "It's the reason why a lot of businesses and taxpayers are leaving the state."
Miller said he's seen some of his own constituents "pack up and leave" Maryland in response to increased taxes and regulations.
In a legislature solidly controlled by the state's Democratic Party, Miller said he still had opportunities to make an impact.
As a member of the House's economic matters committee, he said he's been successful at both introducing bills and stalling others he said are harmful.
He said he's voted against most of the budgets during his time as a delegate.
"I think what they're doing is outrageous," he said, in reference to the General Assembly's spending decisions.
He said he's also tired of hearing politicians tout Maryland's educational system, which he thinks could improve, citing a recent statewide decline in SAT scores as an example of an area where progress should be made.
He also criticized the Common Core program, which was recently at the center of controversy when an Ellicott City parent was arrested for voicing opposition to the academic standards at a public education forum in Towson. Charges against the parent were dropped.
"I think we need to review where we're going with Common Core," he said. "I'm hearing a lot of concerns and complaints about that. And if it's going to put our schools on a lower level than we were before we need to address that.
"The best thing we can do for our schools is to attract private-sector jobs," he said.
Miller said he appreciates the opportunities his job provides to help constituents having problems with the state.
"You can get involved and help [local business owners and constituents] get a better resolution than if they were working on their own," he said.
Miller has represented his district, which encompasses western Howard County and parts of southern Carroll, since 2003, when he was appointed to the seat to replace former delegate Bob Flanagan, who left to become transportation secretary under Bob Ehrlich.
Miller was re-elected in 2006 and 2010.
Previously, Miller had run as a team with District 9A's other delegate, Republican Gail Bates. Bates announced in July that she would be running for Allan Kittleman's seat in the state Senate. Kittleman plans to leave after the next legislative session to run for county executive.
Miller said he wouldn't be running with any other House of Delegates candidate until the general election.
Two other Republican candidates — Trent Kittleman, of West Friendship, and Frank Mirabile, of Woodbine — have filed so far, and Republican Eric Bouchat, of Carroll County, has announced his intention to run. No Democrats have filed in the district.
"I know most of the people [who are running]," Miller said. "I'm kind of staying out of the rest of it because I think voters should have a say in who should get the seat."
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