A Webster City man, Paul Dahl, has announced that he will seek the Democratic nomination for Iowa governor.
Dahl, 49, who said he will run as a moderate Democrat, will embark upon a 12-city launch tour Saturday and Sunday. Stops on the tour include Sioux City, Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Ames, Mason City, Cedar Falls, LaPorte City, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Burlington, Davenport and Dubuque. At all of the stops, Dahl will speak outside of public libraries or library branches.
The candidate was born in Waterloo and received his Bachelor of Arts in general social science teaching and a Master of Arts in library and information science from the University of Northern Iowa. He has a Master of Divinity degree from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colo.
Dahl is currently employed by the MIDAS Council of Governments in Hamilton County as a bus driver. He was the director at the Kendall Young Library from April to July of 2011. Prior to that, he was the library director at the Barr Library at the Minnesota Department of Health in St. Paul, and was a librarian at the Colonial Library at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minn. He also served as the coordinator of library/media services at the Barrett Library at Allen College/Allen Health System in Waterloo.
"There is no greater honor than to be a public servant pursing compassionate public policies improving the quality of life for one's neighbors while also living in a harmonious interdependence with the ecological world around us," Dahl said in his statement. He identified seven key issues for the state: agricultural revitalization through biotic friendly practices; renewable energy; tax reform; greater higher education investment and preschool through grade 12 school support; mass transit infrastructure development; improvements in health care and long term care insurance options and criminal justice reform.
The candidate said his political slogan is "Deeds not creeds. Work for human need not greed."
Dahl joins fellow Democrats state Sen. Jack Hatch, state Rep. Tyler Olson and former lawmaker Bob Krause in the race for the nomination.