Upper Valley resident Zachary Miller is a 2022 candidate for Chelan County Commissioner District 2.

His latest bid for a seat on the commission follows an unsuccessful campaign for the same post four years ago.

Miller, who recently appeared on KPQ’s “The Agenda,” says he knew his chances of winning the 2018 election were remote, but he greatly valued the experience and opportunities being on the ballot would give him.

“It wasn’t likely that I was going to win that election but I thought, ‘this’ll be a great chance to learn,’ so that’s really what that provided because since then has afforded more and more opportunities,” explained Miller. “I saw the power of what good leadership does for a community.”

Miller feels there are a number of critical issues facing the county that he’d like to be involved in shaping, including affordable housing and the continued enhancement of the county’s new short term rental code.

He also says he possesses a natural disposition for leadership and an innate interest in the people and communities of Chelan County.

“I really care about these communities and really care about the people that live here, so I’m just naturally drawn to how we make these things better,” said Miller.

Miller owns a stonemasonry business in Leavenworth and has served on a number of local boards of directors, including for the Cascade School District, Upper Valley MEND, and Chelan County PUD’s Building Advisory Committee.

He is running against local business owner Shon Smith and Leavenworth City Councilmember Anne Hessburg – all of whom are vying for the seat currently held by retiring commissioner Bob Bugert.