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The first to take formal steps toward doing so is Paul Phillips. He is a lawyer and Air Force veteran from Chillicothe, which with 22,000 residents amounts to a major population center in a mostly rural district that also includes the cities of Zanesville and New Philadelphia.
Phillips recently filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) that allows him to begin raising money for his campaign, his first bid for public office.
In an interview Friday, Phillips told CQPolitics.com that “my leadership in Congress can greatly improve the quality of life in this district.”
Phillips noted his 20-year career in the Air Force, mainly as a B-1 bomber pilot and instructor. He left the military last year and established a law firm in Chillicothe, where his grandfather served as mayor in the 1940s. Phillips’ father was a state legislator.
Asked about his views on the current Iraq war, Phillips said that he was a “big believer” in the military chain of command. Philllips said Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, is “highly thought of in military circles, and that’s where the strategy should come from.”