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Fager announces bid for candidacy in District 84

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Jeff Fager, 67 of Mt. Pleasant, has announced he will run as a democrat for representative of District 84. The seat is currently held by Rep. Joe Mitchell (R-Mt. Pleasant).
Submitted photo Jeff Fager, 67 of Mt. Pleasant, has announced he will run as a democrat for representative of District 84. The seat is currently held by Rep. Joe Mitchell (R-Mt. Pleasant).

MT. PLEASANT — Jeff Fager, of Mt. Pleasant, has announced himself as a democratic candidate for the Iowa House of Representatives District 84.

Currently the position is held by Rep. Joe Mitchell (R-Mt. Pleasant) who has previously announced his intent to run for reelection. Fager, 67, is currently the chairman of the Henry County Democratic Party.

Fager is originally form rural Indiana but was living in Tennessee until 2012 when he and his wife Sally moved to Henry Count for his work as the Academic Vice President of Iowa Wesleyan University. He is now retired but before that held a number of academic and administrative posts at universities in several states including Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee and Iowa.

Fager holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Evansville, a master’s degree from Southern Methodist University and a Doctor of Philosophy from Vanderbilt University. HIs focus during this campaign period will be, “Experience, Leadership and Commitment to Public Service,” according to a news release. “I have experience with multimillion dollar budgets, prioritizing the allocation of resources, creating consensus, and strategic planning. I want to contribute that experience to the future of Iowa.”

District 84 consists of all of Henry County, the southern portions of Washington County, Easter section of Jefferson County and the northern part of Lee County.