Miller ready for another run

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PITTSFIELD -- Mark C. Miller, the Green-Rainbow party candidate who challenged state Rep. Christopher N. Speranzo last November, formally announced he's a contender for the seat Speranzo has to give up if he's confirmed for the Central Berkshire District Court clerk-magistrate job.

In an announcement to supporters Thursday, Miller said he plans to run for the 3rd Berkshire District seat, which covers most of Pittsfield.

Miller told The Eagle that he expects a tough race, but he also expects to win -- in part because this campaign will be better organized and have more volunteer help than his previous one.

The fact that he commanded 45 percent of last November's vote, for a campaign he essentially ran alone, tells him that he has a real chance this year, he said.

He does, however, expect strong opposition from the Democrats, and possibly the Republicans as well.

"I don't think the Democrats want this seat to go to the Green Party, but they have an overwhelming majority in both the House and the Senate on Beacon Hill and they really haven't done anything with it," Miller said Friday.

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Miller, a former editor and co-owner of The Berkshire Eagle and a longtime former Democrat, will run first for the nomination of the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party.

Gov. Deval L. Patrick on Tuesday nominated Speranzo, the incumbent, for the position of clerk magistrate of the district court. The nomination needs to be approved before the appointment can take effect.

Miller ran against Speranzo in November, and lost by less than a 10-percent margin.

The 38-year-old lawmaker will go before the Governor's Council at 10 a.m. on June 22 at the statehouse for a public interview during which time testimony in favor or in opposition to the nomination will take place.

If the council confirms Speranzo, it would prompt a special election for that House seat in the 3rd Berkshire District.

Pittsfield Ward 2 City Councilor Peter White, a Democrat, has also confirmed that he plans to run for Speranzo's seat.


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