Fmr. Iowa Secretary of State and Mayor of Cedar Rapids Announces Candidacy
(Cedar Rapids, IA) Today, former Iowa Secretary of State and Mayor of Cedar Rapids, Paul D. Pate announced his intention to win the Republican nomination for Iowa Secretary of State in 2014.
“With Secretary Matt Schultz’s announced run for U.S. Congress, Iowa needs another proven leader who will protect their election process and serve the business community without political motives. Iowans do not want nor can they afford to have the office of chief elections commissioner for the state occupied by a partisan political operative from either party. I have served the people of Iowa as Secretary of State and hold the experience to continue Secretary Schultz’s good stewardship of the office,” stated Pate.
A nationally recognized small business leader by the Small Business Administration, Pate is the President of Pate Asphalt Systems in Marion and recently served as Mayor of Cedar Rapids from 2002 –2006. While Mayor, Pate was elected President of the non-partisan Iowa League of Cities representing over 870 municipalities. Previously, he served as Iowa Secretary of State from 1995-1999 and represented NE Cedar Rapids, Marion and parts of Linn, Buchanan and Delaware Counties in the Iowa Senate from 1989-1995.
“I am proud to have the support of so many friends and family as we make this run together for the good of our state,” Said Pate.
Pate and his wife Jane of 35 years are the parents of three adult children and five grandchildren.