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Tag: Jesse Miller


Why those opponents were smiling for the camera

Jesse Miller‘s run for the Legislature was one of the bigger surprises of filing week in Pierce County, and no one was more surprised than her opponent, Rep. Steve Kirby.

Especially because he had posed for a picture with her the day she declared her candidacy.

My story in today’s News Tribune profiles Miller, who is running despite a felony conviction in her past. She’s not hiding her criminal background and in fact has been a champion of felon voting rights.

Last week, I wrote a blog post when Miller, a hip-hop producer, filed as a Republican to

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Anti-poverty advocate, hip-hop producer runs against Kirby

An incumbent in the Legislature faces a challenge from a former leader of an advocacy group for the poor that has lobbied in Olympia for health care for all and tighter regulations on lenders.

The twist: She’s running as a Republican.

Jesse Miller is an Eastside Tacoma resident, a community activist, a mother of eight — children and stepchildren from ages 21 down to 3 — and a hip-hop producer.

With her own record label, Felony Entertainment, she produces music by local artists. It’s not unusual to hear Miller herself rapping on a track, either.

Miller is better known in Olympia for her work with the Statewide Poverty Action Network, which has pushed in recent years for stricter regulation of payday lending. They won some changes, with help from Rep. Steve Kirby, but Miller says they don’t go far enough.

Now she is hoping to unseat Kirby, a Democrat who’s seated with her in the picture above, taken Wednesday before she filed to be listed on the ballot as “Ms. Jesse Miller” with the affiliation “Prefers Republican Party.”

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