SOMERVILLE — Elizabeth “Lisa” Miller has announced that’s she’s running as a Democrat in House District 52, which includes Chelsea, Somerville, Whitefield, Jefferson, Washington and Hibberts Gore.

Miller, 60, works as senior program officer for the Bingham Program, a health philanthropy nonprofit in Augusta. Miller served six years in the Maine Legislature, serving on the Appropriations and Health and Human Services committees.

She was an officer of the Rural Caucus and was appointed to various commissions during her term, according to a news release.

“I am running to restore balance to Augusta,” Miller said. “The Legislature has lost the singular focus on jobs that was promised. We need to move away from national political agendas and work instead on Maine priorities that create strong local economies and stable working families.”

Also running for the seat is incumbent Rep. Deborah Sanderson, R-Chelsea, according to the secretary of state’s website.

Miller has lived in Somerville for 32 years, where she and her husband, Roy, have raised three children. Miller has served on the school board, the recycling committee, the broadband access committee and the Fire Department auxiliary; and she has been the town health officer.

“My work on the Appropriations Committee and the Rural Caucus taught me that the best decisions are those made when many voices are heard respectfully,” she said. “I will bring that approach with me to Augusta.”

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