Teacher, writer, speaker, and community leader Jake Miller announced his candidacy for Cumberland County Treasurer today. Jake lives in Hampden Township and teaches history and civics at Cumberland Valley School District. He will seek the Democratic nomination in the Primary Election on May 21, 2019.
Miller began his career in politics, organizing students at Bloomsburg University to register to vote before electing a student as mayor. He then worked as a Democrat serving the Republican State Senate. He was on the fast-track to pursue a scholarship at the H. J. Heinz School of Government at Carnegie Mellon University before he realized the classroom was his calling.
He took over for his government teacher at his alma mater in Carbon County before moving to Cumberland Valley to teach math.
Jake Miller is an award-winning teacher who has built a variety of programs connecting Cumberland County students to the community, from welcoming veterans to his school for each of the 13 years in his career, traveling to Normandy and China on scholarship, and building one of Pennsylvania’s most successful National History Day programs.
However, he learned that the most important lessons occur outside of the classroom. He testified to the State House of Representatives fix standardized testing and appeared on ABC 27 to oppose to legislation that would arm teachers. Both advocacy movements were successful.
This caused Miller to re-enter the political orbit, most recently hosting political debates in 2016 and 2017, being elected Judge of Elections in Hampden Township, serving on the Harrisburg Patriot-News’s political panel, and advocating for common sense, bipartisan legislation in the halls of Harrisburg.
He has spent his life and career serving people instead of partisan politics, and he wants to bring his vast experience of serving the community to the Cumberland County Treasurer’s Office.
Jake Miller offered the following statement on his candidacy:
“Community involvement is part of my blood. My EMT and firefighting dad, my clerk court mom, and my three brothers (one a community advocate, another a police officer, and another a soldier in the United States Armed Forces) have held a standard of serving that is as innate as anything in our family. My mission as an advocate, speaker, and educator will continue as Cumberland County’s Treasurer.”
“So many folks do not know what the County Treasurer’s office does, and I seek to not only educate them on the functions as Treasurer, but to serve and empower Cumberland County’s citizens to hold all of its elected officials accountable for our limited resources. As Treasurer, I will work to build a community that values our shared investment in preserving our rich history and planning our vibrant future.”
About Jake Miller
Jake Miller holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership (Shippensburg University) and Bachelor’s Degrees in Education and History, minoring in Political Science (Bloomsburg). He is an 8th grade history teacher at Good Hope, a board member on the Pennsylvania Teachers Advisory Committee, a past leader of Cumberland Valley Education Association, Eureka – West Shore Masonic Lodge #302, Cumberland Valley Eagle Foundation, Harrisburg Chapter of Wrestling Officials, and Cumberland Valley Association of Baseball Umpires.
He writes for local and national periodicals and is a motivational speaker.
Jake and Devin, his wife, have been married for 6 years. They are the proud parents of two boys, ages 1 and 3. They met at and are actively involved at Trinity Lutheran Church in Camp Hill.
To learn more about the campaign and upcoming events, please visit www.mrjakemiller.com