We hosted Secretary of State Candidate - Joel Miller, a Democrat - Monday, October 31st. We invited the Republican candidate, incumbent Paul Pate, but he was not able to schedule a visit.
Joel grew up on a dairy farm outside of Independence, Iowa. After graduating high school, Joel served as a deputy sheriff and as a part-time police officer. In 1977, Joel entered the United States Army and served 3 years on active duty attaining the rank of Sergeant. Following his time in the United States Army, Joel returned home, went back to college, obtained a degree in electronics engineering technology, and worked as an IBEW electronics tech for AT&T. From 2002 to 2005, Joel served on the City Council of Robins, and served as the city's mayor from 2006 to 2007. In 2007, Joel was elected in a special election to serve as Linn County Auditor, the second largest county in the state. Since 2007, Joel has been re-elected in 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2020.  Joel has been married to his wife, Sylvia, for 44 years and they have three adult children and nine grandchildren.
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