Longtime Davenport businessman Dan Dolan has announced his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives’ 2nd Congressional seat. A strong work ethic and a history of doing things right are what Dolan believes will propel him to office.
This will be the first campaign of any kind for Dolan, which he believes is an advantage. The owner and operator of Dan Dolan homes and developer of Clinton’s Mill Creek Crossing subdivision said he has no interest being a career politician. Making the right decision, regardless of how it affects future political endeavors, will be Dolan’s only motivation, he said.
“I’m not looking for a career change,” he said. “I’m looking to make a change.”
Dolan will have to fight off republicans John Archer and Richard Gates for the chance to challenge Dave Loebsack, who will change districts for the upcoming election, avoiding a challenge against fellow Democrat Bruce Braley.
“As a business man, I’ve done fine with the status quo,” Dolan said, “but I ...don’t believe we’re providing the next generation an opportunity.”
Dolan said his recipe for victory is simple, but effective. His campaign will comprise of three main platforms.
First, he believes that job creation is essential. In his businesses, Dolan said he has created more than 1,000 jobs. Finding ways to put Iowans to work is an immediate priority, he said.
Second, he would like to create a “common sense” domestic energy plan.
He believes that depending so much on imported energy is doubly detrimental as it chips away at the country’s independence, and sends jobs overseas. Continuing to pay for foreign oil, which often entails paying for the defense of foreign pipelines, is something Dolan calls, “funding our adversaries.”
Third, is the ever increasing deficit.
He lamented the growing national deficit and what he perceives as the willingness of politicians to continue spending at an irresponsible rate. The father of five said that it is unfair to assume that the next generation will be content footing the bill. It’s tantamount, in Dolan’s eyes, to taxation without representation.
“It’s one of our founding principles,” he said. “We’re passing our debt on to our children who can’t even vote yet.”