Iowa Senate majority leader says he'll run for ninth term

Mike Gronstal The Council Bluffs and Carter Lake senator has been in office since 1984; he faces two Republicans.

COUNCIL BLUFFS — Mike Gronstal wants to return to the Iowa Senate for a ninth term.

The current Senate majority leader, who represents Senate District 8 that covers Council Bluffs and Carter Lake, made his re-election announcement Wednesday.

"I am running for re-election so that I can continue to work on creating opportunities for the people of Council Bluffs and Carter Lake," he said in a statement. "I will continue to work hard at creating quality jobs in our local communities, improving public safety and helping main street businesses thrive."

Gronstal, who did not return multiple calls and a voicemail seeking additional comment Wednesday, first won election to the Senate in November 1984. Before that, he served one term in the Iowa House. He is also a former chairman of the Pottawattamie County Democrats. Gronstal is a graduate of Antioch College.

Gronstal is the only Democrat in the race. Two Republicans are running: Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Dan Dawson and Council Bluffs City Councilman Al Ringgenberg.

In addition to being Senate majority leader, Gronstal is chairman of the Rules and Administration Committee.

Gronstal is sponsoring a campaign kickoff from 4 to 6 p.m. March 5 at Dixie Quicks, 157 W. Broadway, Council Bluffs.

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