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Marion businessman Phil High seeking seat in Iowa House

Marion businessman Phil High is launching a campaign for a seat in the Iowa House.

High is seeking the Republican nomination in House District 95, which includes rural portions of Linn and Buchanan counties. It will be an open seat because Rep. Louie Zumbach, R-Coggon, is not seeking re-election.

High’s said his campaign will focus on issues Iowans care about, including affordable and accessible health care, retaining high school and college graduates in the state, keeping retirees in Iowa, expanding education opportunities for students and keeping Iowans safe.

“As a business owner and community leader, I understand the challenges that businesses face today,” High said. “They are constantly juggling burdensome government regulations, oftentimes ignoring things like finding quality job applicants, higher health care costs, e-commerce, or taxes.

“As times change, so must the way we operate at the state level, which is why I will work to reduce needless red tape on Iowa’s job creators,” he said.

Recognizing agriculture’s importance to the Iowa economy, High said the state must continue to support Iowa’s farmers “and work diligently to protect our precious land.”

High, 65, has lived in Marion since 1976. That same year, he opened a small wholesale jewelry repair business. Today, Philip’s Diamond Shop has grown into a full-service jewelry store specializing in custom- designed jewelry, on-site repair and restoration.

High recently retired from the Marion Fire Department after 38 years of service as a paid, on-call firefighter and paramedic.

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He has been president of the Marion Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Marion Airport Advisory Committee, a Marion Fire Department team leader, the Experimental Aircraft Association’s vice chairman of photography and lead instructor in vehicle rescue for the Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau.

“These experiences have prepared me for public service in the Iowa Legislature,” High said.

High will face Charlie McClintock of Alburnett in the June 2 Republican primary. The winner will face Democrat Christian Andrews of Mount Vernon.

House District 95 includes Alburnett, Palo, Center Point, Walker, Prairieburg, Central City, Springville, Mount Vernon, Lisbon, Rowley and Coggon, and portions of Buchanan County.

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