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FEATURED PHOTO · Daniel Lundby
Following in mom's footsteps
by Corey Munson · August 4th, 2011

Call it a legacy, or simply say it's in his blood, but Daniel Lundby, son of the late Mary Lundby, is running for state house.

Lundby will run in district 58 which includes most of Marion and south between Bertrum and Ely. He has also purchased the house he grew up in here in Marion and has begun work on founding a new business.

"I grew up in politics, helped out with numerous campaigns," Lundby said. "After I moved home to help mom in her last days, I wanted to get back involved."

One substantial change in one Lundby to the next is Daniel Lundby's decision to run as a Democrat. Mary Lundby was a Republican.

"I changed my party affiliation from Republican to Democrat because the Republican Party and the people I was supporting no longer placed the best interests of Iowa and its voters before their own party agenda," Lundby said.

Barring another Democrat entering the race which would lead to a primary battle, Lundby is poised to take on current District 36 Representative Nick Wagner, a Republican, in the 2012 general elections.

Lundby said he believes Wagner and other Republicans in Iowa are vulnerable right now because of what he sees as a lack of support for education.

"Our educational status in Iowa right now is now acceptable," Lundby said. "We used to be top in the nation in education, we've lost that."

Specifically he takes issue with state lawmakers' decision not to increase schools' allowable growth this year, opting instead to set it at zero this fiscal year with the expectation of a higher than average increase next year.

"Unfortunately, the needs of our young people now seem less important with the Republicans insisting on zero percent growth for local schools and education cuts to state universities," Lundby said.

Lundby said this will cause additional harm to districts already struggling to make ends meet, and make it harder for local districts to get the job of educating children done.

"You know, this is my home town, so I'm kind of protective of it," Lundby said.

Though he has not held public office before, Lundby said much of what he knows about politics comes from his mother and growing up around it.

"My mother believed in a common sense approach to solving problems through partisan politics," Lundby said in a press release announcing his candidacy. "I want to bring that common sense back to the Iowa House."

Lundby said his decision to run for the Iowa House, in the same area his mother held for almost a quarter century, is for the same reason his mother did in 1986.

"She saw a need for fresh new ideas not fueled by party agendas," Lundby said. "But through listening to the voters who elected her. It is that same attention my mother gave her voters that I want to bring back to the constituents of House District 68. My mother also strongly cared about children in Iowa and wanted them to get the best education possible... Being my mother's son, I want the chance to continue her work for a better Iowa."

Lundby was born in Cedar Rapids and raised in Marion. He attended St. Joseph's Elementary school, in Marion, and graduated from Regis Catholic High School.

He was active in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and spent summers as a camp counselor. He also spent time in the summers at his grandparents' farm in Decorah.

He holds an Associates of Arts from Kirkwood Community College and a Bachelors of Science in Apparel Manufacturing, Design and Production from Iowa State University. He is currently taking classes in the same field to complete his Masters from ISU.

His father, Michael Lundby, is a Machinist painter at Quaker Oats and has been a member of Machinist Local Union 831 for 29 years.
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