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Harmony-Emge 175 School Board candidate: Robert Phillips

Name: Robert Phillips

City of residence: Belleville

Age: 47

Family status: Married with two young children

Education: B.S. from St. Louis University

Occupation: Wireless network engineer

Political party: Independent

Office sought: Board member for School District 175

Campaign websites:; Twitter:@VoteRobPhillips

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Previously held offices: Board Member of District 175

What qualifies you for this position?

“I have grown up in this district and attended Harmony, Emge and Ellis from kindergarten through the eighth grade before going to West and then to college where I graduated from St. Louis University. I have lived most of my adult live in this district and I want the best for our children without the need to raise taxes.”

What is the top issue in your race, and how would you address it?

“The biggest issue I see currently is that the schools revenues are decreasing over the past several years both by the state cutting funding and property values decreasing. Our schools still needs to be modernized and I will work with the district in helping get updated equipment for the best value. I also will watch what the district spends in other areas as well so that the tax dollars are actually used in teaching our children.”