Michael Mills ’96 has honed the science of politics and is looking to bring his experience – and “a new way to govern” – to Georgia in 2010 as its Secretary of State.
“[‘A new way to govern’] isn’t just a campaign slogan,” he explains on his campaign web site. “It’s a vision for inspiring and empowering people to participate in our government and creating a government that works for people. […] ‘My Georgia’ is a place where citizens get the government they want and the government they need to ensure a safe and prosperous future for their families.“
An award-winning public relations/public affairs professional, Mills has worked at Atlanta-based Hayslett Sorell and communications21, where he represented organizations in the court of public opinion and in the halls of government and where his work shaped health care, environmental and transportation legislation. Mills has also served as an aide to former Secretary of State Lewis Massey, as campaign press secretary for former Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor. His efforts towards Wal-Mart’s “Save Money, Live Better” policy raised clean water issues, which he summarizes his work in “Battling Democracy’s Decline,” released last August.
In recent years, Mills launched a full-service communications agency, PR1776, based upon more than 10 years of experience in the industry. He is currently involved with numerous non-profit and community groups, including Vote for America-Georgia, which has registered thousands of voters, mobilized volunteers and helped raise 2002 voter turnout by more than 7 percent.
For his outstanding work, Mills was selected to Georgia Trend Magazine’s list of “40 Under 40,” was a Leadership Buckhead graduate, and was named Georgia State University’s Communications Department “Alumni of the Year” for his work with Coalition for a Voting America and Vote for America-Georgia.
Mills majored in political science at Hobart, was a member of Delta Chi and the ice hockey team, was involved in Student Court, and received the Joseph Abraham Memorial Training Award in 1997. After graduating from Hobart, he earned a master’s degree in communications from Georgia State University, where his thesis included a plan for increasing youth voter turnout.