Dolan is Loebsack's first GOP challenger

2011-06-20T22:15:00Z 2011-06-21T09:44:17Z Dolan is Loebsack's first GOP challenger Dustin Lemmon The Quad-City Times
June 20, 2011 10:15 pm  • 

As a housing developer, Dan Dolan has had few opportunities to stand up and speak in front of thousands of people.

On Saturday, the 51-year-old from rural Blue Grass, Iowa, announced at the Quad-City Air Show his intention to run for the Republican nomination in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District in 2012.

Following recent Congressional redistricting, Dave Loebsack, a three-term Democrat from Mount Vernon, announced he would move to Johnson County to remain in the district.

John Archer, 39, an attorney from Bettendorf, said he is considering a run for the Republican nomination. A senior legal counsel at Deere & Co., he expects to announce his intentions next month.

Dolan said he was given an opportunity to take the podium and make a speech to the crowd at the air show. It was an experience he was not used to and Dolan said he was relieved by the applause he received.

Dolan, who has operated Dan Dolan Homes in Davenport for 20 years, said his decision to run is motivated by frustration with what he describes as “professional politicians.”

“I’m probably like most people,” he said. “I’m horribly frustrated with what I see as a lack of logic in Washington.”

Dolan is upset with the nation’s accumulation of debt and what he sees as an unwillingness by those already in office to do anything about it.

“They won’t make the difficult decisions,” he said.

Dolan said the recent congressional redistricting in Iowa helped motivate him to consider running for office. He noted that the new district boundaries comprise a large portion of the areas where his company has a presence with housing


According to, Dolan’s company has housing developments in Davenport, Muscatine, Blue Grass, Clinton, LeClaire and Iowa City.

Labeling himself a citizen politician and small businessman, Dolan said he has no desire to pursue a lengthy career in politics.

He also credited his son, Kevin Dolan, 22, with motivating him to run. Dolan said his son recently graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and began his military service.

“If he’s willing to give it all, I’m willing to go do this,” Dolan said of his son. 

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