Long-time Dubuque resident and community leader Francis Giunta announced today that he will seek the Democratic nomination for House District 27.

“I’m running for state representative because I want to help improve life for working families in our state. For years, I’ve served the people of Dubuque through my work at Qwest and as President of Communications Workers of America, Local 7110,” said Giunta. “I am ready to serve the people of Dubuque at the State Capitol.”

In addition to his role as President of CWA, Giunta has been active in the Dubuque Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, Dubuque County Democrats, and the Dubuque Area Labor-Management Council. He was appointed by Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack to serve on the Commission on the Status of Women. Previously, he has been involved in the Dubuque Human Rights Commission, Tri-State Health C.A.R.E. Coalition, Dubuque Council for Diversity, and the Dubuque County Committee for Equal Rights Amendment.

“Iowans who work hard and play by the rules deserve a living wage with good health care and retirement. From health care to education to good jobs, there are many things our state can do to help working families succeed in our community,” added Giunta. “Over the last 30 years, I’ve worked in labor, business and politics and I believe it has prepared me well to serve in the Iowa House of Representatives.”

Giunta was born, raised, and educated in Dubuque. He and spouse JoAnn have two grown children and six grandchildren. They have been members of Nativity Catholic Church for 35 years. He has volunteered for the Dubuque Girls Club, United Way Services, State Representative Pat Murphy’s campaign, and the AFL-CIO 1st Congressional District C.O.P.E. organization.