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Phil Miller to seek Iowa House seat

Jun 27, 2017
Phil Miller

Phil Miller of Fairfield announced Monday he will seek the Democratic nomination to replace State Representative Curt Hanson of Fairfield, who died earlier this month.

The special election for House District 82, which Hanson held, is set for Aug. 8. The district includes all of Davis and Van Buren counties and most of Jefferson County. The special nominating convention for Democrats will be held on Friday.

“I’m terribly saddened by the death of my good friend Curt and know how lucky we all were to have him in our lives and community,” Miller said in a press release. “I want to continue Curt’s work in the Iowa House that always started with listening and reaching out to people in our community, working hard, and putting aside politics to do what’s best for all of us.”

Miller grew up on a family farm and was an active 4-H member. He attended Iowa State University and graduated with a degree in veterinary medicine. After college, he joined a large and small animal veterinary practice in Fairfield, The Veterinary Clinic P.C., where he still works today.

“As a small business owner, I see the need to create good paying jobs with benefits right here in southeast Iowa,” said Miller. “Corporate tax giveaways haven’t created good paying jobs here in Jefferson, Davis and Van Buren counties. It’s time politicians start putting hard-working Iowans first again.”

Miller serves as president of the Fairfield Community School District Board of Directors. He is active in the First United Methodist Church. He has served on many committees, the church council and enjoys singing in the church choir. Miller has also served on the Jefferson County Board of Health.

“As a member of the school board, I know first-hand how decisions in Des Moines can impact our community,” he began. “When politicians shortchange public schools year after year, schools are forced to close and fewer opportunities are available for our students. I’ll work to make public schools a top priority again.”

Miller said he would work to boost production of renewable energy, protect natural resources and encourage sustainable farming practices.

Phil and his wife, Connie have four adult children, Andy, Dan, Jane and Joe. Connie has been the school secretary at Washington Elementary School in Fairfield for over 20 years.

In his free time, Miller enjoys reading, doing yard work, following Cyclone sports, and spending time with his grandchildren.


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