WEBSTER CITY, Iowa — A former Iowa gubernatorial candidate has his eye on another office.
On Saturday, Paul Dahl of Webster City announced he will challenge Steve King for the right to represent Iowa’s 4th Congressional District. King, a Republican from Kiron, is in the midst of his seventh term.
Dahl has not previously held office, but he challenged then Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad during his 2014 re-election campaign.
Dahl plans on running as a Democrat and joins a growing field that also includes Leann Jacobsen, a first-term Spencer City Council member, and J.D. Scholten, a former Major League Baseball player and native of Sioux City.
The 52-year-old Dahl's campaign platform focuses on seven areas: agriculture, campaign finance reform, education, environment, government spending, health care and Social Security.
In a release announcing his candidacy, Dahl points out the need for campaign finance reform by noting the current political system is designed to keep the wealthy in power.
“We presently have a political system where the rule of the rich — an oligarchy or the 1 percent — take more than their fair share of the wealth,” he said. “They also control the political system by funding the re-election of politicians via a massive system of corporate contributions to incumbent candidates. The sad fact that more millionaires are in Congress than ever before shows us that the system is skewed and in need of recalibration.”
Currently employed as a transit bus driver for MIDAS Council of Governments in Hamilton County, Dahl has held numerous jobs in his lifetime, including that of an adjunct professor at a community college, a library director and an owner of a taxi service. He also holds degrees from the universities of Iowa and Northern Iowa and The Iliff School of Theology in Denver.
Aware of Democrats' growing interest in King's seat, Dahl also is proposing a series of debates in 12 of the largest cities in the 4th District, which covers 39 counties in Northwest and North Central Iowa.
“Let’s separate the pretenders from the contenders,” he said, in a release. “I am looking forward to earning the win.”