Athens’ State Representative Vying for State School Board

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State Representative Debbie Phillips may be leaving the Ohio Statehouse, but she’s not planning on leaving public service.

Debbie Phillips

Phillips announced in a press release that she will run for State School Board after her term ends.

She hopes to represent the 8th District on the board, saying she is vying for the seat because of her passion for promoting public education and the success of students.

“I am running for State School Board because I care deeply about the children of Ohio, and I want to continue my work to promote high-quality public education opportunities for all of Ohio’s children,” Phillips stated in the release by the Ohio Democratic Party.

As a state representative, Phillips has served on the House Education Committee, the Primary and Secondary Education Subcommittee, the Finance Committee and the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, according to the release.

The deadline for elections boards to certify candidacies for the State Board of Education is Aug. 22, according to Joshua Eck, spokesman for the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office.

Phillips, an OU alum and Albany resident is not able to run for her current office again due to term limits.

Her 94th District seat in the House of Representatives is being fought for by Republican Jay Edwards and Democrat Sarah Grace. Phillips has hedged her support behind Grace in the race.