Select Board candidate profile: Lorri-Ann Miller
Lorri-Ann Miller has been interested in politics since she was a kid, and fondly remembers her Dartmouth High School yearbook quote picked by a classmate: “That’s unconstitutional!”
She is now running for a seat on the Select Board. The close to 30-year member of the Planning Board was spurred to action by her friends and family, who all urged her to make the step up to the Select Board.
“A lot of people over the years have asked me to run,” Miller said. “I feel that I have the experience and it’s time to step up to the plate and do it.”
On the Planning Board, Miller highlighted her work establishing the town’s solar bylaw, rewriting residential zoning rules, establishing zoning rules for Bliss Corner and working with community groups to zone Padanaram.
She also added she’s proud of her work in bringing medical office space to Faunce Corner Road, and working on the town’s medical marijuana bylaw.
She also works with the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD), where she was involved with hiring the organization's executive director and also worked on the Personnel Board.
Miller said a goal if she wins a seat on the Select Board is working on town finances.
She hopes to attract new industries to town to boost the slowing tax revenue with higher-taxed industrial properties, especially as retail stores are shutting down and leaving behind vacant buildings.
She also hopes to ensure schools and municipal buildings are kept up to date and needs are addressed - including security concerns at schools - and hopes to improve cooperation between town boards.
She noted in the past, she proposed having quarterly joint meetings with various town boards. The proposal did pass, but meetings were never held.
Last year, Miller challenged incumbent Stanley Mickelson for his Select Board seat, but lost by 241 votes. Her supporters urged her to try again.
“The same people kept on calling me and telling me to run again,” Miller said. “They called me the day after the election and asked are we going to start all over again now?”
If she wins the Select Board election, she cannot continue serving on the Planning Board, and will need to resign from that board.
Miller lives on Bakerville Road with her husband Barry in the same home she bought 41 years ago.
She currently works for the BonWorth clothing store as a manager. When she’s not working or attending board meetings, she enjoys eating out at Dartmouth’s locally-owned restaurants.