Paul Pate Announces Bid for Secretary of State

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By Larry Burkum

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A former Cedar Rapids mayor and Iowa Secretary of State said he is running again for state office.

Paul D. Pate said he is seeking the Republican nomination for Secretary of State in 2014.

The announcement follows that of current Secretary of State Matt Schultz, who earlier Thursday announced his bid for Iowa's 3rd Congressional District seat.

Pate said his previous service makes him the best candidate for Secretary of State.

“With Secretary Matt Schultz’s announced run for U.S. Congress, Iowa needs another proven leader who will protect their election process and serve the business community without political motives. Iowans do not want nor can they afford to have the office of chief elections commissioner for the state occupied by a partisan political operative from either party. I have served the people of Iowa as Secretary of State and hold the experience to continue Secretary Schultz’s good stewardship of the office,” said Pate.

Pate served as Cedar Rapids mayor from 2002 to 2006. He served as Secretary of State from 1995 to 1999, and in the Iowa Senate from 1989 to 1995.

Pate is the President of Pate Asphalt Systems in Marion. He and his wife Jane are the parents of three adult children and five grandchildren.

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