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Dubuque man seeks Republican nomination for Congressional seat
April 05, 2013

Dubuque businessman Rod Blum last week announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination to Congress from Iowa's First Congressional District. Blum, a first-time candidate in 2012, ran in the Republican primary and nearly upset nominee Ben Lange in a close race. Lange had 52 percent of the primary vote, compared to Blum's 47 percent. Lange went on to lose to Democrat Bruce Braley. The First District includes Mount Vernon-Lisbon.

Citing widespread grassroots support and calls for him to run, Blum wrote in an email to voters in the First District: "With so many critical issues facing our country and the support of so many throughout Eastern Iowa, I have decided to enter the race to represent Iowa's First District in the United States Congress."

Blum also cited taxes as one reason why he's seeking the nomination.

"I will fight to keep more of our tax dollars in Iowa so those dollars may strengthen our schools, our infrastructure and our communities," he said. "Keeping your tax dollars here keeps accountability here, where you have more control how and where they are spent."

Blum is a native of Dubuque. He received his undergraduate degree in business from Loras College and his M.B.A. from the University of Dubuque. Following school he took a job in the computer industry and was C.E.O. of a software development company that eventually went public on the NASDAQ stock exchange. Blum has also been honored as Iowa High-Tech Entrepreneur of the Year by the award program sponsored by Ernst & Young. He currently is an owner of Digital Canal Software and is also a real estate developer.

A formal campaign event kickoff is planned for later this summer.

More information can be found at RodBlum. com.

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