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Democrat Steen Miles qualifies for U.S. Senate seat , looks forward to primary

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On Thursday, March 6, Steen Miles, officially qualified as a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate seat which will soon be vacated by the retiring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

As of Thursday, Miles is one of four Democrats who have officially qualified along with six Republicans. Qualifying ends on Friday, March 7 in the state of Georgia.

Miles has been busy touring the state which includes North and South Georgia and has advocated a progressive message and considers herself a strong alternative to Michelle Nunn, who has been vague in her policy positions since making her intentions known about running for the U.S. Senate seat.

Miles hasn't been hesitant in saying that she supports President Barack Obama and has provided an outline of the things she considers important for the state of Georgia.

1. Equal opportunity and Justice (Voting Rights Act, Women’s Reproductive Rights, LGBT Rights, Veterans Benefits, Immigration Reform, Prison Reform, Reduce Gun Violence)

2. Protect and expand the Affordable Healthcare Act,

3. Protect Social Security and Medicare

4. Raise the minimum wage

5. Enhanced educational opportunities (early childhood education, STEM, broadband)

6. Provide “real rail” transit/transportation

7. Protect the environment/encourage investment in renewable energies – sun, wind, water

In August 2013, Miles made her official announcement of her intentions to run for the U.S. Senate.

Specifically, Miles has said publicly that she supports the Affordable Care Act and wants to protect and expand it.

However, Michelle Nunn has sided with the Republican position and publicly said that she wanted to delay parts the implementation of the individual mandate under the Affordable Care Act, specifically aligning herself with U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss.

In January, Atlanta's WSB-TV had reported in a breakdown of who is signing up for the Affordable Care Act in Georgia. Fifty-seven percent of enrollees are women and men represent forty-three percent.

Health and Human Services officials say that on a national level enrollment numbers have grown 'eight-fold' in Janaury in the number of people between the ages of 18 and 34 selecting plans through the federal marketplace.

Miles is the only qualified Democrat who has had previous experience in elected office.

After her tenure with WXIA-TV, Miles ran for public office and was elected in November 2004 to the Georgia General Assembly, representing Georgia's 43rd District which encompasses East DeKalb County and Rockdale County.

When Miles stepped forward to announce her intentions to run for the U.S. Senate, she could make history as the first African-American and first woman to represent the Peach State as a U.S. Senator.

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