DNC Chair Tom Perez on Results of Iowa Special Election
August 9, 2017
DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement after Iowa voters elected Democrat Dr. Phil Miller in Iowa’s special state house election:
“Congratulations to Dr. Phil Miller for his victory in Iowa’s 82nd legislative district. As a small business owner, president of the Fairfield school board, and longtime resident of the district, Dr. Miller will stand up for the most vulnerable and help build a brighter future for Iowa’s working families. The tide is turning against Trump and Republican lawmakers. Trump won this rural district by more than 20 percent last year, and Miller carried it by about 10 points. That’s a 30-point swing against Republicans since November, and shows that rural Iowans are rejecting an agenda that prioritizes the wealthiest at the expense of hardworking families. Iowans deserve representatives who will work together to create good-paying jobs, grow the local economy, expand access to quality and affordable healthcare, and invest in education to increase opportunities for future generations.
“The values of the Democratic Party are the values of the American people, and we must continue to win elections in order to protect those values. As Phil prepares to serve the people of Iowa, I know he will be a voice for working families, and I look forward to working together to ensure a future of inclusion and opportunity for all Americans.”