Dyersville resident and community leader Nancy Dunkel announced today that she will seek the Democratic nomination for State Representative in House District 57. The district covers almost all of Dubuque County, except the city of Dubuque. Dunkel also announced that Mike and Suzanne Blouin will serve as co-chairs of her campaign.

“As a banker and leader of the state’s economic development board, I’ve spent my career helping farmers and small businesses succeed and grow,” said Dunkel, who serves on the state’s Targeted Small Business Board and is Executive Director of the Dyersville Area Community Foundation. “I’ve worked hard to improve the quality of life for hard-working families and bring good-paying jobs to Dubuque County.”

Dunkel was elected to the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame last fall and was the first woman to Chair the Iowa Bankers Association. She has served as President of the Iowa Chapter of Financial Women International, Inc. and been a member of the Iowa Student Loan Liquidity Corporation Board. Nancy was also honored to serve as the Iowa Treasurer for former gubernatorial candidate Mike Bouin’s campaign bid.

“In these tough economic times, middle class families and small businesses deserve our support. The state has a critical role to play building a highly-skilled workforce through world class schools, affordable higher education, and re-training opportunities for Iowans out of work,” added Dunkel.

Dunkel retired from Fidelity Bank and Trust in Dubuque last year and previously worked at State Bank of Worthington, Farley State Bank, and helped open a branch bank in Peosta. She is currently a volunteer for SCORE, which is a free service to start up businesses and entrepreneurs. She is Past Chair of the Dyersville Area Chamber of Commerce and also the Dubuque Chamber of Commerce. Dunkel currently serves as a board member of Stonehill Franciscan Services.

“I look forward to listening to the concerns of people in Dubuque County and I will always put politics aside to do what’s best for our communities. I’m excited about the opportunity to serve as the next State Representative from Dubuque County,” said Dunkel.

Dunkel was born in Manchester and has been married for 36 years to her husband, Kenneth Dunkel. Their daughter, Jill, lives in Minneapolis and their son passed away a year and a half ago. They attend St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville.

House District 57 is an open seat after the current Republican announced he would not seek re-election this year.