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Dubuque businessman looking to join Congressional race

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Dubuque businessman Rod Blum declared his candidacy Monday for the Republican nomination for the First Congressional District seat.

Blum, 56, made the announcement in Dubuque, in front of several dozen people.

He is a former chair of the Dubuque County Republicans and currently owns Digital Canal Software, based in Dubuque.

Blum said the district needs a change from current Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley.

The next step, Blum said, is to travel throughout the Congressional District.

"Particularly Linn County, Cedar Rapids, Marion area and also Cedar Falls-Waterloo area, so people can meet me and I can meet the people," Blum said. "I also need to get a Website and all the other hundred things that need to happen in a campaign. It's actually like starting a small business, which I've done numerous times."

Blum seeks the Republican nomination along with Cedar Rapids business owner Steve Rathje.

The Republican candidate from the 2010 race, Ben Lange, has formed an exploratory committee for the 2012 First Congressional District.

The First District includes Waterloo, Dubuque and Cedar Rapids.

State election officials say there are more than 170,000 registered Democrats in the district, compared with nearly 136,000 registered Republicans. Both are outnumbered by the nearly 189,000 voters who have registered without declaring a party preference.

Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley, of Waterloo, is seeking his fourth term in office.

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