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Iowa Native Announces Plans to Run for Iowa House
Identifies New & Innovative Ways to Reach Constituents

URBANDALE, Iowa (May 31, 2017) -- Richard Dedor is announcing his campaign for Iowa House today. Dedor plans to run as an Independent for House District 19, which includes Dallas Center, Adel, Redfield, Van Meter, Polk City, Dexter, De Soto and Urbandale (Dallas County).

Dedor knows he must reach voters where and when it’s convenient for them, including online. Instead of a traditional campaign announcement, there’s no need to get dressed up or leave the house, instead Iowans can hear Dedor’s announcement and ask their questions from the comfort of their own couch with an evening Facebook Live event.

“This campaign is all about the voters.That is why I’ve opted to run as an Independent. I don’t want party affiliations to get in the way of the opportunity we have to create a government that works for all the people.”

The Iowa Secretary of State reports 38 percent of the district’s voters are independent, and Dedor knows they’ve got passion for issues that straddles both sides of the isle.

“I’m ready to tackle the tough topics of education, water quality, wind energy and the economy. But, more importantly, I want to hear from voters in my district about their vision for Iowa. Their priorities are my priorities. Our campaign invites ideas and welcomes debates.”

If elected, this will be Dedor’s first time serving in the statehouse, but he has known the importance of service his entire life. He has humbly served with Habitat for Humanity, the Trevor Project, and current serves on the Central Iowa Alzheimer’s Association Board of Directors and on the Iowa Advisory Council for the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.

We invite everyone to take part in Dedor’s announcement by logging onto Facebook Wednesday, May 31 at 7:35 p.m., at During his announcement, he’ll unveil another way he’s reaching out to voters next week.


About Richard Dedor

Richard Dedor, a resident of Urbandale, Iowa, is an independent candidate for Iowa House District 19. He is a community and political activist and serves as a board member for the Central Iowa Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and serves on the Iowa Advisory Council of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Dedor holds a degree in public relations from the University of Northern Iowa, and has worked in non-profits, media and startups across the country. Raised in Mason City, Iowa, Dedor ran for Mayor of Mason City in 2002, placing third out of ten total candidates.