Phillip Ellis, local Daphne business owner, is running for City Councilman in District 5, the north end of Lake Forest. According to a news release, he’s been endorsed by popular former city officials Mayor Harry Brown, and Council Chairman Gus Palumbo.

Ellis, his wife Nancy and their Great Pyrenees Annie have been Daphne residents for 20 years.

Phillip Ellis and his dog Annie.

Phillip Ellis and his dog Annie.

They have two children, daughter Leigh who teaches at Faulkner State Community College, and Phillip Jr., national press secretary for Earthjustice in Washington D.C, and four grandchildren.

Both are Mobile natives, Phillip was educated at Faulkner State, Elkins Institute of Broadcasting, and Spring Hill College.

They attend Three Circle church. Nancy organizes and leads a year-around women’s Bible study, and works at BB&T bank in Daphne. Phillip is a member of the Worship Team.

He also served as President of the Eastern Shore Sertoma Club, President of the Eastern Shore Irregulars, and was on the Economic Development Board. Their main publication is a golf and tourism magazine.

“Everybody knows what the problems are in my district,” Ellis explained. “We need to improve property values, fix the roads, and reclaim the lake.

“The lake could be my district’s greatest asset, it would be a bonus for recreation, increase property values in the entire neighborhood, and restore the investment to lakefront property owners who paid for waterfront, and now have mud, mosquitos, and vegetation.

“For two decades we’ve listened to shallow promises, talks of studies, surveys, and nothing gets done, and the problem gets worse. Its time for the career politicians to go home and let dedicated citizens step up and take their turn at bat. We can do better.”

For more information visit Facebook @ Phillip Ellis for Daphne City Council 2016.