SIOUX CITY | Former state Rep. David Dawson, a Democrat from Lawton, is seeking a return to the Legislature, after announcing Thursday he will run for the Iowa Senate District 3 seat.
“Over the last two years, I have grown concerned that officials in Des Moines are failing to work together to make progress for Iowans,” Dawson said in a release.
Dawson said a focus should be on polices that help the growth of good-paying jobs in Iowa.
"I will stand up for the right of Iowa students to receive high-quality education, I will strive to raise wages for Iowa workers and I will fight to cut income tax rates for Iowa families," Dawson added.
Senate District 3 includes parts of Woodbury and Plymouth counties, including portions of Sioux City.
State Sen. Jim Carlin, R-Sioux City, has held the seat for two months, after winning a special election in December, with 3,591 votes, or about 54 percent, to 2,988 votes for Todd Wendt, a Democrat from Le Mars. Carlin's term ends in December, and the election is in November.
Dawson, 44, grew up in Washta, Iowa. He has been a lawyer for more than 15 years, and currently is a prosecutor for the Woodbury County Attorney's Office.
He and his wife, Liza, have three children. They formerly lived in Sioux City, when he represented Iowa House District 14.
After serving four years in the District 14 seat, in March 2016 Dawson said he would not seek re-election, so he could resume full-time family responsibilities.
"My wife and young children have sacrificed a lot to allow me to serve in the legislature," Dawson said at the time.
In two years he was out of office, Dawson, applied for district judge and district associate appointments. Tim Kacena, a Democrat from Sioux City, now holds the House District 14 seat.