Dr. Phil Miller of Fairfield announced today he will seek the Democratic nomination to replace State Representative Curt Hanson of Fairfield, who passed away recently.

“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. 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,” said Miller.

Growing up on a family farm and being an active 4-H member, Phil 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.”

In addition to running his own small business, Miller has been an active member of the community for decades. He currently serves as President of the Fairfield Community School District Board of Directors. He is an active member of the First United Methodist Church. He has served on many committees, the church council and enjoys singing in the church choir. Phil 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. 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,” added Miller.

“Working with farmers in Jefferson, Van Buren, and Davis Counties, I’ve seen many ways our local ag economy can be innovative and successful. I’ll work with the agriculture community to boost production of renewable energy, protect our natural resources, and encourage more sustainable farming practices.” added Miller.

Phil and his wife, Connie, are the proud parents of four adult children, Andy, Dan, Jane and Joe. They are both members of First United Methodist Church of Fairfield. Connie has been the school secretary at Washington Elementary School in Fairfield for over 20 years. In his free time, he enjoys reading, doing yard work, following Cyclone sports, and most of all, spending time with his grandchildren.

“From Medicaid privatization to rising premiums to accessibility of health care services, there are too many of our neighbors facing uncertainty about the future of their own health. The politicians in DC and Des Moines don’t understand the health care challenges we face everyday. I’ll fight to make healthcare both affordable and accessible in rural communities like ours,” added Miller.

The special election for House District 82 is set for August 8. The district includes Davis, Van Buren and most of Jefferson counties. The special nominating convention for Democrats will be held on Friday, June 30.