Miller seeks First Ward City Council seat

February 27, 2019

La PORTE — Suzanne L. Miller has filed to run for La Porte’s First Ward City Council seat. She will be a candidate in the May 7 Republican primary.

“I am totally committed to serve the city I love and have called home for 40 years,” Miller said. “I have attended City Council meetings to gain knowledge of the workings of city government. I have lived in the same residence in the heart of the First Ward for over 25 years. My husband and I took an abandoned building in great disrepair and made it into our home. The property had been either a school or a church since 1923 and never paid the city a nickel of taxes until we owned it. We have met many of our neighbors while working and restoring the property, and we are familiar with and understand the problems of the First Ward neighborhood and its residents.”

Miller attended Purdue University, where she met her future (and only) husband. She raised all her three children here in La Porte, where they all graduated from the local La Porte schools, including Purdue and Tri-State Universities. All her children are married and still reside and work in Northern Indiana.

She has worked for NIPSCO in two locations, as a bookkeeper for several firms and lawyers and operated the La Porte Airport as the fixed base operator, while managing the employees there.

She is now retired and still serves in many financial capacities as a volunteer, including serving on the supervisory committee of Generations Credit Union, as treasurer of Pioneerland at the La Porte County Fairgrounds and treasurer of the Michigan City Aviators.

Visitors to Pioneerland may have seen her as the one-room schoolmarm during school tours, working in the blacksmith shop or baking pies for fundraisers. She is an accomplished cross-stitcher with many blue ribbons to her credit. She has coached adult and youth sports and scouting activities.

Miller’s husband, Merle, served in the army in Vietnam. Unusual for the time, she followed him there, living in Vietnam for eight months and serving the U.S. government in an unofficial intelligence capacity. Miller has also been in Thailand (within a few feet of the Crown Prince), Cambodia, Iran, France, England, Russia and Germany.

She has even written a book about her experiences. She has supported veterans, homeless people, schools, churches and senior centers. She has volunteered as La Porte’s official “Mrs. C.” at the holidays for many years, and performed on stage and at historic festivals to entertain and educate people, teaching that: Those who do not learn from the mistakes of history are doomed to repeat those mistakes in the future.

“I respectfully ask for the support of my fellow neighbors and citizens of the First Ward,” said Miller. “If elected, I promise to put the first ward FIRST.”