Miller seeking term as district magistrate

A native of Tyrone, district justice Fred Miller is seeking a full term as the district justice that serves Northern Blair County.
Miller was appointed by former Governor Mark Schweiker and unanimously approved by the Pennsylvania State Senate to serve the remainder of the term of former justice John Greene.
“I believe that with my experience in the Court of Common Pleas and as a defense attorney and my time as district justice, I am uniquely qualified for this position,” said Miller. “I grew up here and I wanted to come back home and serve here.”
In his time as the magistrate, Miller has been focused on juvenile issues.
“I want to see the programs that I launched completed,” said Miller. “I am focusing on juveniles. I want them to know that underage drinking isn’t taken lightly. We are also addressing truancy issues. One of the things that I require is for all juveniles to meet with me face to face. The feedback I have received has been positive from the community, local police and state police.”
The magistrate has taken time to get involved in the community.
“I have spoke at both Tyrone and Bellwood-Antis high schools,” said Miller. “I believe that they understand that underage drinking isn’t taken lightly by this court. With underage drinking offenses, many are referred to treatment as part of a plea agreement. Between 80 and 90 percent of kids who are caught for underage drinking are directed to the program. The counselors make sure they finish treatment and if there are any indications that they are not completing, they are referred back to this office.”
The same is holding true for truancy.
“I am happy with the way our truancy program is working,” said Miller. “Between 80 and 90 percent of first time truancy offenders are not getting subsequent citations for truancy.”
Miller has also participated in the county-wide drug sweeps.
“I served in the September and January drug sweeps,” said Miller. “I volunteered to help, and they know they can call on my office for future sweeps.”
Since he took the position in June of 2002, he has heard 2,500 cases.
“I am here full-time,” said Miller. “For a lot of people, this is their first and only encounter with the judicial system. Many of the people are here representing themselves. I am committed to meeting anyone who wants to meet with me and doing what I can to best serve the community.”
Miller will appear on both the Republican and Democratic ballot.