John Phoenix announced that he will run for Iowa House District 38, Southern Ankeny, Saylor and Delaware Townships.

“My top priority will be helping middle class families get ahead. We need good-paying jobs and world class schools,” said Phoenix, a Democrat. “Instead of wasting time on divisive issues, I’ll work to find common ground.”

Phoenix has lived most of his life in Polk County. He worked 12 years for IBM then owned a small business for eleven. He retired from the Iowa DNR Law Enforcement Bureau after 13 years.

“As a small business owner, I understand the challenges that small businesses face. The state must do more to help businesses grow and expand,” added Phoenix.

John and his wife, Diana, married 40 years, live in Ankeny as do their son, daughter, and grandson. They attend Highland Park Christian Church, where John has been a deacon and Financial Secretary.

Phoenix has served as president and member of the Des Moines School Board and member of the Des Moines Parks and Recreation Board. John is a member of AFSCME retirees. He has served as a union steward and executive board member.

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