Hemingway plans third run for Iowa City School Board

Frequent board critic will focus on fiscal issues

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IOWA CITY — Phil Hemingway, a frequent critic of the Iowa City school board, will undergo a third campaign this year for a seat on the board, he said this week.

Hemingway, 55, narrowly lost his race for the board in 2013. He also ran in 2011.

Hemingway said he would bring a “blue-collar background” to the board and would focus on fiscal responsibility and providing checks and balances to the district’s administration.

It’s important for the board to have at least one member who works in a skilled trade, Hemingway said. Hemingway owns and operates Phil’s Repair LLC, an Iowa City auto repair business.

“Do you want seven people who come to it with pretty much the same background?” he asked of the board. “Or do you want a cross-section of the community?”

Hemingway said he had encouraged Tom Yates, a retired teacher and former teachers union president, to run for the board. Yates announced his campaign this week.

The Iowa City school board election on Sept. 8 could include two open seats.

Board member Jeff McGinness said in April he will not run for re-election. Board member Orville Townsend said he would not run this fall when he was appointed to the board last year.

Board members Patti Fields and Marla Swesey also have expiring terms this year.

Parents Jason T. Lewis and Brianna Wills also have announced campaigns.

Correction: Due to a reporter’s error, an earlier version of this article misstated Phil Hemingway’s age. He is 55, not 56.

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