David Dawson of Sioux City, Iowa has announced he will be a candidate to represent the newly drawn House District 14 in the Iowa Legislature. The district includes Riverside, the west side, and parts of the north side and the downtown areas of Sioux City, and currently has no incumbent representative.

“For too many years, politicians have failed to listen to the people they represent,” said Dawson. “If I am elected to be your State Representative, I will listen to the concerns of all people and be responsive to the issues important to Sioux City.”

A native of Washta, Iowa, Dawson has lived on the west side of Sioux City for nearly a decade. He received his undergraduate degree from Iowa State University and earned a law degree at UCLA School of Law. For three years, Dawson worked on legal matters for a variety of businesses at a law firm in Chicago. He spent the next eight years as a prosecutor for Woodbury County. Since 2010, Dawson has run his own law office in Sioux City where he represents children and families.

“After working with families and children as a prosecutor and attorney in juvenile court, I understand the struggles of middle class families and have witnessed the negative results families suffer when they are unable to access adequate education, decent health care coverage, or real economic opportunities,” said Dawson. “I will stand up for the right of every child to attend high-quality schools and find a good-paying job right here in Iowa, and will be an advocate for protecting the middle class and the rights of workers.” He added, “I believe the legislature should be focused on issues to help Iowa businesses grow and to improve Iowa roads and infrastructure, which will create more jobs for Iowans.”

Dawson is a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Sioux City and has served as a church elder. He is a former West High School volleyball coach and is a past Finance Chair for the Woodbury County Democrats. He has also been a member of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Dawson served on state and local committees dedicated to improving child welfare, delinquency, and juvenile court laws and policies, including the Woodbury County Detention Reform Committee; the Woodbury County Community Collaboration Team; the Woodbury County Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Committee; and the Iowa County Attorney’s Association Juvenile Justice Committee. Dawson is currently a member of the 2011-2012 Class of Leadership Iowa, a premier issues-awareness program promoting leadership within Iowa and sponsored by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry.  Dawson was recently appointed to the board of directors for the Community Action Agency of Siouxland.

In 2010, Dawson was the Democratic candidate for the old Iowa House District 1.

For more information contact Dawson at (712) 898-5804 or visit www.DawsonForIowa.com.