FAIRFIELD – Fairfield veterinarian Phil Miller has announced his intention to return to the Iowa House of Representatives.
Miller is running for House District 82, which covers all of Davis and Van Buren counties, and the western two-thirds of Jefferson County, including Fairfield. Miller, a Democrat, is hoping to unseat incumbent Republican Jeff Shipley, also of Fairfield.
Miller made the announcement on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 4, on his Facebook page.
“We need someone who will go to Des Moines and fight for strong public education funding, better paying jobs, and affordable healthcare. I look forward to speaking with you and your family on the campaign trail,” he wrote.
Miller served as District 82’s representative in the Iowa House after winning a special election in August 2017 following the sudden death of the district’s representative, Democrat Curt Hanson, two months prior. Miller finished the second year of Hanson’s term, and came up for re-election in November 2018, which he lost in a tight race to Shipley. The race was so close that Miller asked for a recount. In late November, the recount confirmed Shipley’s narrow victory of 34 votes, 6,111 to Miller’s 6,077.
Miller issued a news release to accompany the announcement of his candidacy:
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We all want the same things: good schools for our kids, safe communities to live in, and jobs for our working families. Lately, however, it feels like Des Moines has forgotten that. They’d rather bring divisive Washington, D.C. politics here to Iowa while nothing gets done.
I know, as a small business owner and father, I don’t have the luxury of choosing not to get work done. I work hard every day, even with people I don’t see eye to eye with, to support my business, our community, and keep food on the table for my family.
I’ve lived in our community for a long time, and giving back has always been at the heart of my time here. As a kid growing up on a family farm in southeast Iowa, I was inspired to become a small and large animal veterinarian. Today, and for the past 45 years, that’s what I’ve done. Through this, I’ve seen and heard the stories of farmers here in our community - and understand how important it is our farms and soil are healthy and productive. As President of the Fairfield School Board, I’ve worked hand in hand with families and seen our town’s children turn into adults right before our eyes.
I think Des Moines has forgotten the values we share here in Southeast Iowa, and it’s time someone reminded them what’s important to us out here. We need someone who will go to Des Moines and fight for strong public education funding, better paying jobs, and affordable healthcare.
That’s why I’m officially announcing my candidacy for the Iowa House of Representatives here in District 82. I’ll get us back to the basics and champion common-sense, bi-partisan solutions that make sense in every part of our state.
My name is Dr. Phil Miller, and I hope to earn your vote on Nov. 3, 2020. I look forward to talking with you and your family in the months ahead.