Craig Miller, former CEO of the Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse chain, and Doug Ducey, one-time CEO of Cold Stone Creamery, have decided to enter the dog-eat-dog world of American politics. Both are Republicans.
Craig Miller is one of several candidates running for U.S. Congressional District 24 in Florida. He began his foodservice career with Red Lobster and worked for the legendary Bill Darden and Joe Lee. In 1984, Craig left Darden to join Uno Restaurants with founder Aaron Spencer, where Miller spent 17 years helping build Uno’s into a national chain with sales of more than $400 million. He spent a year at Furr’s Restaurant Group and then joined Ruth’s Chris Steak House. As President and CEO of the steak house chain, he led the company through four years of record new restaurant openings.
â€˜The restaurant business is very employee-oriented and I believe best jobs are created in private sector,â€™ Miller told Matt O’Hern of the Brevard County Conservative Examiner. â€˜Entrepreneurs create enterprise value by taking risk, putting human capital to work.â€™
Ducey On the Ballot in Arizona
Doug Ducey is running for the office of state treasurer in Arizona. He secured his place on the Republican primary ballot by submitting over 8,500 signatures, far exceeding the 5,609 required for statewide office.
Ducey made a name for himself in ice cream. As the CEO of Arizona-based Cold Stone Creamery, he helped its founder, Don Sutherland, expand the brand from a single shop in Arizona to more than 1,400 stores worldwide, with annual sales of nearly $500 million.
â€˜I am motivated by one thing,â€™ said Ducey. â€˜I believe our state is on the wrong track, and I want to help us change direction. Arizona has been good to me. It’s where I’ve built my businesses and where I am raising my family. I want to be part of the solutionâ€”to make Arizona the No. 1 state in America to live, work and play, once again…and for generations to come.â€™