Dr. Charles H. Miller Jr. announced in March he plans to run for the Banister district seat in November’s election for the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors.

He is now officially on the ballot.

“Dr. Miller’s impeccable credentials, education and work experience make him ‘best qualified’ for the role of supervisor. I believe that Dr. Miller will bring value to the board of supervisors, and Pittsylvania County as a whole,” Current Banister Supervisor Jessie Barksdale said in an email. “Therefore, I am endorsing him as a candidate for the Banister seat on the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors.”

Barksdale is not seeking re-election.

Miller has served as the Banister district’s representative on the Pittsylvania County Planning Commission since 1995 and has served on the Pittsylvania County School Board.

“My ears have been bent, and my arms twisted,” Miller said. “I’ve always been interested in public service, but the real genesis of wanting to run was back at the end of the second term of Mr. Pritchett.”

William Pritchett was the first African-American member of the board of supervisors.

“Around 2002, he asked me to run … so I began to think about public service in Pittsylvania County,” Miller said.

Given his many years of varied experience in education, Miller thought the Pittsylvania County School Board would be the best place to start. He said he has worked “everywhere from early childhood to university” as a teacher, assistant principal and principal in various schools. He also taught at Danville Community College, American National University and as a reading instructor.

Miller also has worked as a minister for more than three decades, as a radio minister for 25 years, as well as working for the O.B. Clement Group assisting with mortgages.

In fact, he had planned to run for another term on the school board, until Barksdale convinced him to think about the board of supervisors.

“I would like to be a supervisor who can assist in identifying and bringing business to Pittsylvania County, but [I’m] definitely looking for opportunities and industry come to the northern end of the county,” Miller said.

He would also like to see the school system “remain strong and become even stronger.” However, he said that does not intend to be a rubber stamp for the school board.

“When we, as a funding body, can do things that will enhance our school system, I will definitely want to be part of that.”

“The most important thing for a public servant to do is listen. Listen much more than you talk, and recognize the fact that there are people in the communities who really pay attention to things. They think and have oftentimes excellent positions that you may not have thought about,” Miller said.

Miller “dearly loves” to be on the water fishing, and also plays piano, trumpet and the guitar.

“I am a native, and proudly so, of the Banister district. I played in the Banister River all my life,” Miller said. “I have grandchildren. I like to joke that I have to work to afford fishing equipment for my grandkids.”

Ceillie ​Simkiss reports for the Danville Register & Bee. Contact her at csimkiss@registerbee.com or (434) 791-7981.

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