Political Notebook

Ted Miller of Caruthers joins race for 31st Assembly seat

Ted Miller, a retired Hewlett-Packard engineer, announced Jan. 29 he will campaign as a Democrat for the 31st Assembly District seat that was vacated by Henry T. Perea last month. On Saturday, Miller said he won’t apply for the California Democratic Party’s endorsement.

“After careful consideration I decided not to apply,” Miller said in a statement. “The passage of Proposition 14 in 2010 established a blanket primary system in California. The voters have spoken on this issue. I believe it is in the best interest of the voters in the 31st Assembly District to encourage a vigorous campaign before the Special Election on April 5.”

Miller, 59, of Caruthers, cites water, jobs, neighborhood blight in Fresno and education as the most important issues facing the Fresno County district.

A native of Montana and a graduate of the University of Southern California with a master’s in business administration, he said he was inspired to run for statewide office because of the presidential bid by Bernie Sanders.

Fresno Dr. Joaquin Arambula and Fresno City Council Member Clint Olivier also are seeking the Assembly seat vacated by Perea, D-Fresno.

Marc Benjamin: 559-441-6166, @beebenjamin