Friday, August 19, 2011

Phillips Considering House 77?

Royce Phillips Considering House 77 run?

Tiffin mayor Royce Phillips tells his Facebook friends he "is getting requests to run for the Iowa Statehouse in a new open district." That would be a GOP bid in House 77, where Democratic county supervisor Sally Stutsman has already announced.

"Now I am getting calls from state representatives to do it," Phillips added.

Phillips knocked off a long time incumbent in 2007 to win the non-partisan mayor's post. Before that, he had lost a school board bid. Stutsman has won five straight terms as a county-wide supervisor but lost a legislative bid on very different turf in 2000.

The new turf, which mostly belonged to Democrats Dave Jacoby and Nate Willems and Republican Jarad Klein last map, wraps around the west end of Johnson County, from Shueyville to Lone Tree. Tiffin is the district's second largest city and doubled in population to just under 2000 last decade. High-growth North Liberty is about 40% of the district, which has a Democratic registration edge of 2500.

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