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Stratford police chief will seek 69th District Assembly seat

Stratford police chief will seek  69th District Assembly seat Stratford police chief will seek  69th District Assembly seat

Tim Miller, a 27-year law enforcement veteran, has announced his candidacy for the Wisconsin 69th Assembly District. Miller will run as a Republican or the seat now held by Bob Kulp of Stratford, who announced earlier this year that he will not run for a new term.

Miller said, “When I first heard that Bob Kulp was not going to run for re-election, I thought about the loss of his representation to the 69th District. I knew many people looked up to him and valued his community service. Bob had served as the keynote speaker when Stratford hosted the Marathon County Law Enforcement Memorial service. He did an outstanding job and I was honored to have him there. I also met with Bob at the state Capitol to speak with him about community and law enforcement issues. Bob, thank-you for your service and always being willing to listen.”

Miller began his law enforcement career as an undercover narcotics investigator. He held many different positions throughout his career including field training officer, school resource officer and detective. Miller is currently serving as Stratford’s chief of police.

As a patrol officer, Miller said he prided himself in being community orientated.

“I found the best way to serve my community was to listen to the people that I serve,” he said. “I listened to their hopes and concerns and tried to be a problemsolver for them. I emphasized this same philosophy to all of the officers I have trained over the years. My strength as a good listener and problem-solver will be a valuable asset to serve the people of the 69th Assembly District.” Miller has been married to his wife, Tirzah, for 20 years. They currently are raising their three teenagers in the Stratford area. “We moved to the Stratford area for the excellent schools and the tremendous feeling of community pride shared here,” Miller said. “The 69th District as a whole is very community orientated. It’s a great place to live, work and raise a family. I have also seen the challenges that face our communities. My next phase of community service will be to look for solutions at the state level.”

The 69th Assembly District includes parts of Clark, Marathon and Wood counties, including the cities of Loyal, Neillsville, Colby, Abbotsford and part of Marshfield and the villages of Spencer, Granton and Stratford.Candidates who wish to have their names on fall ballots have until early June to submit proper paperwork. If more than one candidate from either the Republican or Democratic party files by the deadline, a primary election will be held on Aug. 18 to narrow the field for the Nov. 3 general election.

Other candidates who have filed initial campaign registration statements since Kulp’s announcement but not completed the full candidacy process (according to the Wisconsin Elections Commission candidate tracking website) are Republicans Donna Rozar of Marshfield, Michael V. Smith of Loyal, and Matthew Windheuser of Marshfield, and Democrat Brian Giles of Marshfield.

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