Note: This story was last updated at 12 p.m. June 5.
Phil Yager has announced that he is a candidate for Anderson County Commission in District 8, which includes the Woodland, Hendrix Creek, and Emory Valley precincts.
“I am running for this position because I want to work hard on issues that are important to all of us: safe neighborhoods, economic development, quality education, and improving our housing stock,” Yager said in a press release. He wants to help expand business and industrial opportunities, maintain the county’s quality of life, and make sure children have excellent schools.
Community service is important to Yager, who has served as a community volunteer for a number of organizations, the press release said. He was appointed by Oak Ridge City Council to serve on the Industrial Development Board and serves as treasurer on that board. He was also appointed to serve on the Oak Ridge Board of Building and Housing Code of Appeals.
Serving on those boards, Yager has been actively involved in important issues facing Oak Ridge—industrial and retail growth, as well as the issue of distressed housing, the press release said. Yager was also selected to serve on the Oak Ridge Charter Review Committee.
Yager is also a member of the Emory Valley Center Board of Directors, serving on the Finance Committee. He serves as a member of a Fund Distribution Panel for the United Way of Anderson County, attending presentations by various nonprofit organizations and determining funding amounts based on effectiveness and need.
He and his wife, Joana, live in The Rivers neighborhood of Oak Ridge.
His community volunteerism also includes picking up trash for Keep Anderson County Beautiful, helping with neighborhood clean-ups with the Oak Ridge Neighborhood Watch Program, and volunteering as a stagehand for the Oak Ridge Playhouse, the release said.
Yager completed the Oak Ridge Police Citizens Academy in 2015.
“This experience gave me an even greater appreciation for police officers, as well as all first responders,” Yager said. Since then, he has served as a volunteer for police training for active shooter drills. His wife Joana is currently participating in the Citizens Academy.
Now retired, Yager previously worked as the director of mediation and arbitration services for the Better Business Bureau. Yager said his career also included 30 years of extensive investment responsibilities, including stock trading, portfolio management, and corporate and municipal financial analysis.
Yager has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Indiana Wesleyan University.
The Anderson County general election is August 4. Angeleque McNutt, who was appointed to the District 8 seat after former Commissioner Robin Biloski resigned, wants to retain the seat, and she has announced that she will run for election in August.
The District 8 seat up for election in August is one of two County Commission seats in that district. Myron Iwanski is the other District 8 commissioner. His seat is not up for election this August.
Note: This is an edited version of a press release submitted by Kay Brookshire.
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