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Miller wins in 38th AD

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Posted: Friday, September 14, 2012 3:32 pm | Updated: 2:26 am, Thu Oct 11, 2012.

Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) cruised to victory Thursday night in the 38th AD primary against Etienne David Adorno.

Miller, seeking his second full term, took 71 percent of the vote in the unofficial results released by the Boards of Elections.

“We sent a powerful message,” Miller said to thunderous applause at Zum Stammtisch Restaurant in Glendale. “In fact, the voters have sent a message that Mike Miller has done a good job.”

He called it the best job he has ever had, saying that constituent service and helping them solve problems “makes you feel good.”

Adorno, 27, got into the race three months ago on a shoestring budget with only a handful of volunteers to start out.

If he surprised Democratic party leadership by announcing his campaign he apparently did so again when his primary ballot petitions withstood an effort to have them disqualified.

He was not hanging his head Thursday night.

“This race was never about me,” Adorno said. It was about better representation for my neighborhood, about making the current representation take notice. We accomplished that I think Mike Miller reached out to Hispanic elected officials the never thought he would be reaching out to. And we did it with no budget, no staff, no office, no endorsements, no union support.”

Miller was first took office in a special election in 2009 to replace disgraced former Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio, who was jailed on corruption charges.

Miller was reelected to a full term in 2010, and will not have a Republican opponent this year. In his victory speech, Miller did thank his staff and his numerous labor supporters, including the firefighters’ and teachers’ unions.

He also was surrounded by supporters from the district’s Albany delegation including Cathy Nolan (D-Ridgewood) and state Sen. Joe Addabbo (D-Howard Beach). Miller thanked both profusely for he help they have given him since going to the capitol.

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