Dahl Enters Governor's Race

Brady Smith, Anchor/Reporter

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By Brady Smith

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Democrat Paul Dahl of Webster City made one of several campaign stops in Cedar Rapids on Sunday morning, on the front steps of the new public library. "I've been an educator, I've been employed in health care, I've belonged to two labor unions, and I have background in agriculture as well," said Dahl, also a former librarian.

Dahl, who also has experience working in state and county government, hopes that experience will help him appeal to Iowa voters, regardless of party affiliation. Dahl said his campaign will focus on key issues like tax and criminal justice system reform, expanding state investment in education, and agricultural revitalization.

He has a plan to get more young Iowans in the fields, as older farmers retire. "When they retire, instead of selling their farm to one farmer, sell it in pieces to 3 or 4 farmers. That way, we'd have more people farming," Dahl said.

Another goal is to keep pushing for high-speed rail, connecting Iowa to other major cities in the Midwest. It's a project that's failed to gain much traction in the last few years, but Dahl said going to large businesses for funding may be the answer.

"I think there is money available from the Federal government for mass transit projects. The Federal government can help, but within Iowa you'll have to have business involvement," Dahl explained.

Dahl also wants to bring more renewable energy projects to the state, such as wind farms and solar energy.

Another component of Dahl's campaign will be restructuring the pay scale of public offices. If he wins the governor's race, he would cut the governor's salary - currently $130,000 - to $75,000. He said similar pay cuts would trickle down through other public positions.

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