Democrat joins GOP primary field for seat on Sumter Commission

Oren Miller

A Villager who ran as a Democrat this past fall has joined the Republican primary field for a seat on the Sumter County Commission.

Village of Sanibel resident Oren Miller has filed paperwork with the Sumter Supervisor of Elections Office indicating he plans to challenge incumbent Commissioner Steve Printz, also a resident of The Villages.

This makes it a three-way race in the GOP primary. Villager Charles Kasner also filed paperwork indicating he will run as a Republican.

Charles Kasner
Steve Printz

Last year, Miller ran for Florida House District 33 seat, but was handily defeated by political newcomer Brett Hage. The T&D Distribution executive ran as a Republican and enjoyed plenty of support from the establishment, including The Villages.

Miller is also heading an effort to repeal One Sumter, which changed the way commissioners are elected in Sumter County.

Miller is known for his high-profile role with Lost Pets of The Villages, which he runs with his wife, Angie Fox.

The election will take place next year.