Medina Journal-Register — ALBION — Fred Miller claimed all along that he sensed the people of Orleans County were clamoring for a change.
For the most part, the status quo held, but not in county legislative District 3. Miller, a Democrat, defeated 10-year Republican incumbent Henry Smith Jr. of Gaines by a 900-607 clip.
Miller, who currently holds a spot on the Albion Village Board and has owned and operated Family True Value Hardware for three decades, won Gaines by a 317-275 vote count and extended the margin in his hometown to secure the victory.
Miller was joined by Democratic peers running for county legislature at campaign headquarters, Pullman Church, as the results came in Tuesday night. Miller's race was the first announced on site, before all five other contested legislature races were called for Republicans.
Although he admitted it would be a challenge to join county government as a member of the political minority, Miller said he's happy to see the results back up his belief that people want leaders who are accessible and committed to questioning things from a common perspective.
"I can't wait to dig in," Miller said. "Especially regarding the nursing home, I want to look at all possible angles, and make sure that every stone will be unturned. We need to listen to the people and figure out what we can do."
Miller said that one of his first orders of business will be trying to halt the practice of holding county legislature meetings during the workday. He said if meetings are held at night, when more citizens can attend, more people will be have the opportunity to raise their concerns.
Miller has said throughout the campaign that he is in it for the people, and his sentiment remained the same upon learning of his victory. Although he was disappointed to see his fellow Democrats lose, he promised to do what he could to ensure that the effort extended by his party throughout the campaign will not go to waste. As fellow Democrats came to terms with their defeats, Miller accepted a steady stream of congratulations from the entire room.