CLINTON, Iowa — Clinton lawyer Mary Wolfe announced today she will run as a Democrat for the Iowa House of Representatives.

Wolfe will run for the 26th District seat currently occupied by Rep. Polly Bukta, who announced Wednesday she will not seek re-election in November.

Wolfe has been practicing law in Clinton with her father, Jack Wolfe, a longtime Democratic party activist, for 16 years.

“I understand the challenges that small businesses face, since I own one myself,” she said in a news release. “And as an attorney, on a daily basis I see the severe financial and emotional impact that the national recession is having on so many hard-working Clinton County families.

“Clinton County, and Iowa in general, needs more well-paying jobs and an economic development strategy that targets local businesses and middle-income families, not big corporations and company presidents.”

Bukta said Wednesday she would support Wolfe’s candidacy.

“I’ve known Mary and her family for decades,” Bukta said in a news release. “I know she will work hard, listen and be a strong advocate for our community in the Iowa House of Representatives. The people of Clinton can trust her to fight the special interests and do what is right for the people of Iowa.”

Wolfe and her son, a freshman at Clinton High School, live in Clinton. She is a graduate of Mater Dei High School in Clinton and received her bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Iowa. Wolfe is a member of the Clinton County Justice Coordinating Council, the Clinton County Bar Association and Iowa Association for Justice.

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