Matt Milam, who led the residential group that opposed Carmel’s annexation of Home Place, has filed to run against incumbent Christine Altman for Hamilton County commissioner District 1.
Milam, an operations specialist at Reindeer Auto Solutions, has never run for public office but said he was interested after Carmel reached a deal to annex Home Place, the 1,017 square acres of unincorporated land centered at 106th Street and College Avenue. Milam led a grassroots effort to oppose annexation because he said Carmel’s debt is out of control and he didn’t want to pay taxes to support Carmel’s spending. He expressed interest in running for municipal office in 2019 but decided instead on running for a county seat, although he didn’t rule out running for city council if he loses against Altman in the May primary.
Milam said he and Altman disagree on mass transit. Milam opposes the idea and Altman supports it.
“I think mass transit is going to be a big issue for voters,” he said.
Altman, a lawyer by trade, was first elected as a commissioner in 2003. She was a partner for the law firm Campbell Kyle Proffit LLP and later became a founding member of the law firm Altman, Poindexter & Wyatt LLC.
Altman ran unopposed in the 2014 and 2010 primaries.