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Naperville businessman announces run for Congress

Published: Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 2:00 a.m. CDT

In announcing that he is running for Congress in the 11th Congressional District, Naperville businessman Bert Miller on Wednesday said he will work on economic development and job creation issues while helping make Congress less rancorous, according to a news release issued by the campaign.

“Like many Americans, I’ve sat back and watched Congress evolve into a poisonous environment, where too few seek common ground,” Miller said in his announcement speech. “In the meantime, our economy continues to struggle, millions remain out of work and important programs like Social Security teeter on the edge of disaster. Like other voters, I’m tired of waiting for change; it’s time to make it happen.”

Miller is running as a Republican for the seat now held by U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville.

Miller recently stepped down after three decades managing Phoenix Closures, a manufacturer of plastic bottle caps and lids headquartered in Naperville.

This is his first try at a political office.

“I’ve never run for any office, but no matter how tough it gets, I doubt that going through it is any worse than what millions of people are going through due to Washington’s failure to reach consensus on so many key issues,” Miller said. “I think things can change for the better; we can fix the health care debacle; we can put Social Security on sound footing; and we can help create a better economic climate.”

He will run in the March 18 primary election, and will face challengers including conservative talk show host Ian Bayne of Aurora, Grundy County Board member Chris Balkema and State Rep. Darlene Senger, R-Naperville.

The 11th District includes North Aurora, Aurora, Naperville, Lisle and Joliet. Foster has held the seat since November after defeating former U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert.

From 2008 to 2011, Foster represented Illinois’ 14th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Foster was defeated in November 2010 by then-state Sen. Randy Hultgren, R-Winfield.

Miller and his wife, Dee Dee, have been married for 38 years. They have three children: Giles, Albert and Deidre.

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