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Dubuque businessman announces candidacy for Braley's seat

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UPDATED 4/1/13 to reflect Democratic State Center State Sen. Steve Sodders' announcement he won't be running for Braley's congressional seat.

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Dubuque businessman and Republican Rod Blum announced Wednesday his candidacy for U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley's soon-to-be open First District seat in 2014.

Blum ran in the Republican primary against Independence attorney Ben Lange last year for Braley's seat. Lange won the party's nomination with 52 percent of the vote.

Braley won re-election in November but announced this year he's running for U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin's soon-to-be open seat in 2014.

Harkin announced earlier this year he is not seeking re-election.

Blum said Wednesday morning his name recognition this time around will give him a huge boost, and that he's concerned America is becoming a nation of dependency.

"I look at the tenets, or the principals, that I believe made this country great -- things such as personal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, fiscal sanity, free markets and in competition, sanctity of life," he said. "These principles, I believe, made the country great, and I believe these principles are under attack."

Republican Cedar Rapids businessman Steve Rathje has also announced his candidacy for Braley's seat, along with Democratic State Rep. Pat Murphy of Dubuque.

Lange said Wednesday morning he had not yet made a decision about whether he'll run again. The last election wrapped up just a few months ago, he said, and right now he's enjoying time with his family.

Blum is a Dubuque native. He received his undergraduate degree in business from Loras College and obtained his MBA from the University of Dubuque.

He is currently an owner of Digital Canal Software and is also a real estate developer.

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