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October 24th, 2011
 

Rod Blum Announces Campaign for Congress in 1st CD

Rod Blum, the Chairman and C.E.O. of Digital Canal Inc, initially considered running against Congressman Bruce Braley in 2010.  Blum didn’t run that year, but is announcing that he will join Ben Lange and Steve Rathje for the quest for the Republican nomination in 2012.

Blum told TheIowaRepublican.com, “What is motivating me to run is that I believe the basic tenets that made this country great are under attack by the current Congress and White House. Tenets such as personal responsibility, government and individual accountability, free markets (capitalism), high work ethic, strong family values, a belief in the sanctity of life and an overarching belief in American exceptionalism.”

Blum has strong eastern Iowa roots. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1973, earned a bachelor’s degree from Loras College (Finance) in 1977, and received a Masters in Business Administration from Dubuque University in 1989. In 1989, Blum was one of the initial employees of Dubuque-based Eagle Point Software. In just five years, Eagle Point Software went public on NASDAQ and had 325 employees. In 2000, Digital Canal was created as a result of a leveraged buyout of Eagle Point Software. Digital Canal is a leading provider of home building and structural engineering software. Blum was also named the Iowa Entrepreneur of the Year in 1994.

While Blum has never run for elected office before, he has been making his political views known in eastern Iowa since 2001 as the Dubuque Telegraph Herald’s conservative columnist. Blum’s writings for the Telegraph Herald will be helpful for a couple of reasons. First, having a regular column in the local newspaper helps build credibility and name ID. Secondly, writing a political column means that he has well thought out positions on many of the issues facing our country today, something many first time candidates lack.

Rod Blum, the Chairman and C.E.O. of Digital Canal Inc, initially considered running against Congressman Bruce Braley in 2010. Blum didn’t run that year, but is announcing that he will join Ben Lange and Steve Rathje for the quest for the Republican nomination in 2012.

Blum told TheIowaRepublican.com, “What is motivating me to run is that I believe the basic tenets that made this country great are under attack by the current Congress and White House. Tenets such as personal responsibility, government and individual accountability, free markets (capitalism), high work ethic, strong family values, a belief in the sanctity of life and an overarching belief in American exceptionalism.”

Blum has strong eastern Iowa roots. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1973, earned a bachelor’s degree from Loras College (Finance) in 1977, and received a Masters in Business Administration from Dubuque University in 1989. In 1989, Blum was one of the initial employees of Dubuque-based Eagle Point Software. In just five years, Eagle Point Software went public on NASDAQ and had 325 employees. In 2000, Digital Canal was created as a result of a leveraged buyout of Eagle Point Software. Digital Canal is a leading provider of home building and structural engineering software. Blum was also named the Iowa Entrepreneur of the Year in 1994.

While Blum has never run for elected office before, he has been making his political views known in eastern Iowa since 2001 as the Dubuque Telegraph Herald’s conservative columnist. Blum’s writings for the Telegraph Herald will be helpful for a couple of reasons. First, having a regular column in the local newspaper helps build credibility and name ID. Secondly, writing a political column means that he has well thought out positions on many of the issues facing our country today, something many first time candidates lack.

Rod Blum
Education

1973 Dubuque Senior High School
1977 Loras College – Bachelors Degree; Finance Major (magna cum laude)
1989 University of Dubuque – Masters in Business Admin – Marketing (4.0 GPA)

Professional

1978 – 1988 CyCare Sytems Inc. (McKesson HBOC)
Various Marketing & Admin Positions

CyCare was a NYSE public company and a leader in
medical data processing and systems

1989 – 2000 Eagle Point Software Inc.
Chairman and C.E.O. and major shareholder

Joined the company as the 5th employee. Five years later we went
public on NASDAQ and had 325 employees. Eagle Point is a
leader in the CAD Civil Engineering and Surveying marketplaces

2000 – Present Digital Canal Inc.
Chairman and C.E.O. and major shareholder

Digital Canal is the result of a leveraged buyout of Eagle Point Software. Digital Canal is a leading provider of home building and structural engineering software

2006 – Present Salto de Fede
Majority partner in land development/home building partnership

Personal

1994 Iowa Entrepreneur of the Year

1995 – 1997 Chairman, Dubuque Country GOP
National Delegate to the 1996 GOP National Convention

2001 – 2005 Head Sophomore Basketball Coach, Dubuque Senior High School

2001 – Present Conservative columnist – Dubuque Telegraph Herald

2010 – Present Student Pilot

My wife Karen and I are Episcopalian and have five wonderful children and one teenager who lives with us since becoming an orphan.

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About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of TheIowaRepublican.com, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and TheIowaRepublican.com as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, TheIowaRepublcian.com. Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.




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