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Date of Issue: February 27, 2008

Miller won't seek fourth term in AM

Anna Maria City Commissioner Duke Miller won't be seeking a fourth consecutive term, he announced Feb. 23.

Miller said he is making his annoucement now to give anyone interested in running for the seat "ample time to think about stepping up to the plate."

Miller also said he is confident he’s leaving the commission "at a time when our city is in terrific shape."

Stormy commission meetings have been consigned to the past, he indicated, and Mayor Fran Barford's administration is "running like a Swiss watch: responsive, organized and responsible."

He also praised commission chairman John Quam for his "judicious direction" of commission meetings.

“The city is in a good financial position, with adequate reserves and a ‘fine-tuned’ budget.

"I wish to express my sincerest appreciation to all who supported me and our city's causes the last five years. It has been a true pleasure to serve," he said.

When Miller first sought office in 2002, he ran on a platform that included solving Anna Maria's long-standing parking problems. With that issue safely tucked away and a new parking ordinance in place, he said he's satisfied that he accomplished his mission.

"Serving our city government has been a fulfilling experience," he concluded.