John Richard Phillips Jr is a businessman, mechanic, writer, activist, and jack of all trades. The owner and operator of a gas station and auto repair facility in central Illinois, John has owned, operated, and managed businesses in a variety of fields including auto repair, transportation, hospitality, and IT. Often starting at the bottom, John continually works his way to the top while earning a reputation for integrity, quality work, and customer service in each endeavor.
John founded his county chapter of the Libertarian Party of Illinois, and helped co-found others. He worked promoting both state and presidential candidates during the 2016 elections, including traveling to other states to help gain ballot access. While doing that John helped run a mayoral campaign in his home town that came right down to the wire, taking an independent candidate within 800 votes of victory, out of 26,000. In 2017 John was selected by his state party to serve on the national platform committee as an alternate. In 2018 John was awarded the Jim Waldron Award for Outstanding Local Service by the Libertarian Party of Illinois. Later that year he was elected to represent Region 6 (Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota) to the Libertarian National Committee. Since then John was selected to serve on the Ballot Access Committee and has been very active on both the LNC and supporting candidates in a variety of ways. During all this John has also been running a campaign for a seat on his county board as a write in candidate and continuing his activism by petitioning for different causes, writing letters to his city council and paper, working and volunteering with local organizations in help for poverty, reducing violence (while maintaining a strong second amendment stance), encouraging his county to become a second amendment sanctuary, protesting unconstitutional city actions, and supporting Illinois’ state wide candidates in their races.
John has been involved in the martial arts for 30 years, currently holding belts in 3 different styles, including a second degree black belt in Bando Ryu Karate. He also occasionally volunteers teaching self-defense classes for women’s groups. John got involved coaching JFL football in 2010, fell in love with it and has continued coaching since. He coached middle school track for 3 years during that time, assisted on a youth basketball team, and volunteers time with his son’s high school football and basketball teams. John is an avid reader, oft quoted as saying “A book a day keeps the stupid away”. A perpetual student, he is enthralled with learning new things in a very wide range of subjects and questioning everything. John is also ordained to perform marriages and has done several since becoming so, volunteering the service at no charge to friends, family, and people who are having trouble finding someone else to perform the function. He has done conventional weddings, a zombie themed wedding, same sex weddings, and more. John has been married since 1996 to his wife Alicia, a daycare teacher since 1990. They have 2 boys, Tyler and Logan, who are both still students.