Tyler Olson Campaigns for Iowa Governor

July  18, 2013

One of the first official candidates for Iowa governor next year campaigned in the Quad Cities Thursday.

Democratic State Representative Tyler Olson from Cedar Rapids, says there are many warning signs in Iowa's economy that he hopes to address.

"Only forteen states have experienced slower job growth over the past two years," said Olson. "Iowa remains at the very bottom for woman-owned businesses. And we have the second slowest growth rate. Iowa is only one of two states that's had more than 20 percent of its high tech jobs disappear in the last few years. We're 35th for new business incubation, and 49th for high speed internet per capita."

Olson is currently serving his fourth term in the Iowa House, and is vice president of Paulson Electric. He says for the state to be successful, its leadership must change.

"There are definitely some success stories worth acknowledging and celebrating," said Olson, "But living at the end of the last 30 years with the same leadership we had in the early 1980s is just not going to get the job done. I think Iowans are ready to leave that in the past, and begin the next 30 years. Which is why I'm here today to announce I'm running for governor."

Tyler Olson joins state senator Jack Hatch from Des Moines as the first democrats who want to challenge incumbent republican Governor Terry Branstad next year.