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Aruna Miller becomes first Indian-origin to win Maryland Lieutenant Governor race

Washington: Aruna Miller scripted history by becoming the first Indian-origin politician to win the race of Lieutenant Governor in the state of Maryland, adjoining the US capital. Former Maryland House delegate Miller, 58, ran for lieutenant governor alongside Wes Moore, the incoming Democratic governor.

By Priyanka Verma 
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Washington: Aruna Miller scripted history by becoming the first Indian-origin politician to win the race of Lieutenant Governor in the state of Maryland, adjoining the US capital. Former Maryland House delegate Miller, 58, ran for lieutenant governor alongside Wes Moore, the incoming Democratic governor.

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The Lieutenant Governor is the state’s highest official following the Governor and assumes the role when the Governor is out of state or incapacitated. Moore and Miller had been supported by both Vice President Kamala Harris and President Joe Biden during their campaigns. Miller was born in Andhra Pradesh before she and her parents immigrated to the US.

When the Governor is absent or unable to serve, the Lieutenant Governor fills in as the state’s second-highest elected official. In the event of the Governor’s demise, resignation, or removal from office, the Lieutenant Governor also assumes the role of Governor. In winning the Lieutenant Governor race in Maryland, Miller overcame a last-minute stiff opposition from her distracters who accused her of courting Hindu nationalists, a charge she denied.

In Maryland, her appeal to Indian Americans is widespread and partisan. Leading Trump and Republican backers spoke out in favour of her and raised money. Among them, Jasdip Singh Jassee is well-known.

Miller said in her victory speech, “Maryland, tonight you showed the nation what a small but mighty state can do when democracy is on the ballot. You chose unity over division, expanding rights over restricting rights, and hope over fear. You chose Wes Moore and me to be your next Governor and Lieutenant Governor.”

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“Ever since I came to this country in 1972, I’ve never stopped being excited for the promise of America. I will never stop fighting to make sure that promise is available to everyone. And this promise begins with a commitment to deliver a Maryland where we leave no one behind,” she said.

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