Pittsburgh attorney makes Libertarian bid in 18th race

Pittsburgh attorney Drew Gray Miller announced Tuesday he plans to give voters a choice outside the two major parties in the 18th Congressional District race.

Miller, 37, said Tuesday the Libertarian committees in Allegheny and Washington counties had picked him to represent the party in the March 13 special election to fill the seat vacated when Republican Tim Murphy resigned in October.

Miller is former legal counsel to the state Senate’s majority whip.

The major-party candidates in the race are GOP state Rep. Rick Saccone and Democrat Conor Lamb, a former federal prosecutor and U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

Miller described himself in a statement as a centrist who is “socially liberal” and “fiscally conservative.”

“The more the Republican and Democratic politicians work against each other, the weaker our nation becomes,” said Miller. “In the end, respect and compromise will unite us, bringing new opportunity and advancement to all citizens. As an independent, I will focus on diligently working for you to ensure that every citizen has a voice and a seat at the table.”