Incumbent Miller defeats newcomer in 38th District

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Assemblymember Mike Miller spoke at his victory party in Glendale after defeating Etienne David Adorno in the 38th District primary.THE COURIER/photo by Billy Rennison
Assemblymember Mike Miller spoke at his victory party in Glendale after defeating Etienne David Adorno in the 38th District primary.

Assemblymember Mike Miller can look forward to at least two more years in Albany with “the best job [he’s] ever had.”

The incumbent assemblymember in the 38th District held off Etienne David Adorno to take the Democratic primary. Miller is running unopposed in the upcoming November general election.

Miller called his time in Albany the best job he’s ever had because of the people he’s been able to help.

“The people spoke and I appreciate their support, because I do it for them,” he said at his Thursday, September 13 victory party in Glendale, surrounded by colleagues from Albany and other politicians from the area.

Unofficial results had Miller taking the election by a 71 to 29 percent margin — with approximately seven percent voter turnout.

The assemblymember first gained office in a Special Election for former Assemblymember Anthony Seminerio’s seat in 2009. Miller was re-elected to a full term the following year.

Miller secured the endorsements of a slew of local politicians including a trio of Latino elected officials in an increasingly Spanish district.

“It was important to get the support of the electeds, but it was more important to get the support of the voters,” Miller said.

Adorno, a member of Community Board 9, said he’s learned a lot from his campaign.

“I learned what my real knack was,” Adorno said. “My knack is to be an integral part of the community and lending a helping hand and a voice whenever [the community] needs it.”

The political newcomer, who ran with a shoestring budget and no endorsements, said he is not through with running for office.

Miller is relieved the campaign is over so he can now worry solely about his assembly work.

“I’ll be back in my office tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. ready to get back to work,” he said.