Matt Miller, a former senior advisor in the White House Office of Management and Budget under President Bill Clinton, has announced he will run for the Congressional seat being vacated by Henry Waxman (D-Santa Monica).
Miller is also an author and Washington Post columnist who co-hosts the public affairs show "Left, Right, and Center" on the Santa Monica public radio station KCRW. He has never held public office.
He recently served on the board of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools and as an appointee to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s Equity and Excellence Commission.
In a statement, Miller said: “I’m a proud Democrat; but too often, politicians in both parties care more about winning elections than solving problems. We have to tackle huge challenges — from the runaway costs of college and health care, to the threats of climate change, the shortage of good jobs and internationally lagging schools. Getting serious about these challenges means embracing bold ideas — the kind of fresh thinking we aren’t likely to get from career politicians. I’m running for Congress because it’s time to expect more.”
Miller joins a crowded field that includes Democrats Wendy Greuel, State Senator Ted Lieu and Barbara Mulvaney, Republican Elan Carr, and independents Marianne Williamson and Brent Roske.