The Republican field in the House District 91 is becoming almost as crowded as the U.S. Senate race. A fourth candidate has declared his intentions to run for the seat. Gary Carlson, well-known Muscatine businessman, joins the field. The HD 91 seat is currently held by Republican Rep. Mark Lofgren, who is challenging Congressman Dave Loebsack for his seat in the 2014 elections.
““I’ve been thinking about it for a number of years and I’ve been encouraged by a number of people in the community do it and with Mark Lofgren’s decision to seek the federal level position, it just makes sense for me to go in for the state position,” Carlson told TheIowaRepublican.com.
Carlson is an executive with HNI, the parent company of HON Furniture in Muscatine. HNI is a global company, with 10,000 employees. Prior to being a vice-president at HNI, Carlson was the president and CEO of the Muscatine Chamber of Commerce. He also served as the vice-president at the Bandag Corporation, where he managed Bandag operations in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa from 1974-1997.
“I’ve lived and worked in this area for many years,” Carlson said. “I’ve got a lot of business experience and experience in economic development. I’ve been very active in the community in almost every major significant project that’s been built in this community over the last 20 years. I think I’ve given a lot to this community and I’d like to give even more.”
Gary Carlson is a lifelong Iowan and graduate of the University of Iowa. He and his wife have five adult children.
Rep. Lofgren’s daughter, Emily, Muscatine County GOP Co-Chair Mark Cisneros and Muscatine City Councilman Mark LeRette are also competing for the HD 91 seat. John Dabeet is the lone democrat in the race.
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