(NORWALK) – Stan Gustafson (R-Cumming), a longtime Republican and active Party participant, was elected earlier tonight as the Republican candidate for State Representative in House District 25. The special election was initiated to replace the vacancy created by newly-elected State Senator Julian Garrett. Governor Branstad announced last month that the date of the special election will be Tuesday, January 7th.
Gustafson graduated from high school in California and then attended the University of California at Berkeley, graduating with a degree in finance. After graduation, his participation in Navel ROTC led him to a 2nd Lieutenant Commission in the Marine Corps. He served in Vietnam and after completing his tour overseas, he participated in the Reserves for the next 23 years, retiring as a Lt. Colonel.
Once back stateside, Gustafson used the GI Bill to attend law school at night while working for Mattel Toys in California. Eventually he opened his own practice focusing on International Law. He enjoyed a long and successful career. Upon retirement, he and his wife, Betty, a native of Dallas County, moved back to Cumming to be closer to their grandchildren.
“Retirement doesn’t mean sitting idle. There is much work to be done to make our great state even better. I look forward to meeting with Iowans in Madison and Warren Counties and taking their concerns to Des Moines,” said Gustafson. “We must work to make it easier to be an employer in the state, ensure Iowans are able to keep more of their hard-earned tax dollars and protect those who have so bravely defended our country.”
Gustafson has participated in Veteran activities in California and in Iowa. He is a supporter of Governor Branstad’s new initiative, Home Base Iowa, and is a member of the Iowa Veterans Council.
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