COUNCIL BLUFFS — A sixth-generation Iowan said he is ready to lead the state into the next 30 years if he is elected governor.
Democrat Tyler Olson stopped in Council Bluffs Thursday to speak with supporters about his candidacy for the state's top office.
Olson — a four-term state lawmaker from Cedar Rapids and vice president of Paulson Electric, a business started by his great-grandfather — said the state is at a crossroads and needs leadership that can navigate the ever-changing business landscape.
“Right now there is a lot of opportunity; we have an interesting mix of agriculture and industry, as well as a budding startup scene,” he said. “But we need leadership that understands where the economy is going.
“We have the leadership from the 1980s, and it's not getting the job done.”
Olson said the state needs a new perspective on job creation that focuses less on subsidizing large companies and more on growing small business and startups.
“We need to encourage more innovation in business, and access to broadband is key,” he said. “In 2013, no Iowa community should be eliminated from a site selection because they don't have broadband.”
Gov. Terry Branstad has not announced his candidacy for re-election, but in an email released to campaign supporters Monday, he said that he had $2 million on hand for 2014.