CLINTON — Fourth Ward Councilman Rodger Holm announced his candidacy for the office of Clinton mayor on Friday morning at the Clinton County Administration Building.

Dozens of supporters, including campaign staff, family and friends joined Holm for the announcement. Don Krambeck introduced Holm, saying that he is an appealing candidate and has the right experience for the position.

“We are very fortunate to have a fellow like Rodger, who as of this moment, is running for the office of mayor for the city of Clinton,” Krambeck said.

Holm thanked the audience and commented that he did not get to this point by himself. He acknowledged the members of his campaign staff, including Campaign co-chairmen Wylie Pillers and Clyde Bradley, and Treasurer Charlie Sheridan. Holm also expressed appreciation for several other supporters and campaign volunteers. He commented that he is optimistic for the city’s future.

“I believe wholeheartedly in the people of Clinton,” Holm said. “Clinton’s main asset is its people,” Holm added that to represent the people is an honor and promised to keep the public’s best interests in mind when elected. Holm said Clinton’s increasing tax base over the coming years will create opportunities within the city, noted he will continue to advocate for state and federal funding for various improvement projects and will push for increased white collar industry jobs to increase the average household income of Clinton residents while attempting to reduce taxes.

“We have a lot of positives going on in town, we also have negatives, but the positives far outweigh the negatives,” said Holm. “Clinton is a wonderful town. It has a bright future and I’m going to be a part of that.”

Holm, 63, has lived in Clinton for most of his life and is married. He and his wife, have two daughters, Julie (Dan) Sullivan and Jennifer (Sam) Rickerl, and six grandchildren. For 20 years, Holm was a union (AFL-CIO) insurance agent, a financial adviser and business owner.

While still licensed and active in his private practice, he has retired from a large insurance and investment firm. Holm and his wife are personal property owners and owners of other properties on Main Avenue in the Lyons Shopping District.

Holm was elected to the city council in 2003. He said he has been considering running for mayor since 2004 as many people have suggested he do so. Holm said it was not a hard decision to make once seeing the facts and a need.

He is a member of the Clinton Regional Development Co., Clinton Estate Planning Council, National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, Kiwanis Club of Clinton, Kiwanis International, Creeps For Charity Inc., the Life Underwriters Training Council Fellow and I-Club, the University of Iowa Foundation. He is an ambassador for the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce and secretary/treasurer for the Skyline Center.

In the past, he also has been president of the Clinton Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors Board of Directors, Public Relation Chairman of the Iowa Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, and president of the Lyons Business and Professional Association, Inc. He currently serves as president of Real Estate Development, Inc. and manager of RDH Investments, LLC.