2019 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Jeff Danielson announces new job after resigning from two

Jeff Danielson
Jeff Danielson

WATERLOO — Former state Sen. Jeff Danielson has accepted an exeuctive position with the American Wind Energy Association.

Danielson, who resigned his state Senate seat and his job as a Cedar Falls firefighter last week, announced Friday he would become director of the wind energy association’s central region.

“I’m proud to announce an exciting new chapter in my career, even as two wonderful chapters of public service come to a close,” Danielson said in a news release.

“Above all, I’d like to thank the citizens of Cedar Valley for allowing me to serve them for so many years in the state Senate and the Cedar Falls Fire Department.”

Danielson, 48, a Navy veteran and a state senator since 2004, starts his new job Monday.

The wind energy association is headquartered in Washington, D.C., but Danielson likely will remain in the Cedar Valley area.

The association said in a news release that Danielson “will advocate for pro-growth policies to help wind power expand and meet strong consumer demand for clean energy.”

On the same day Danielson, a Democrat, announced his new job, Walt Rogers, a Republican, announced he would seek the Senate District 30 seat in the March 19 special election.

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“I want Black Hawk County and the University of Northern Iowa to have a stronger voice in Des Moines,” Rogers told the Waterloo Courier. “I want to be a strong advocate for them in the majority party.”

Rogers ran against Danielson in 2008 and won a seat in the Iowa House in 2011 but lost that seat in 2018 to Democrat Dave Williams.

No other Republicans have announced their intention to run.

Four Democratic candidates are seeking their party’s nomination to run in the special election.

The Black Hawk Democratic Party will hold a special convention at 10 a.m. Saturday to pick the party’s nominee. The convention will be at party headquarters, 307 E. Fourth St., Waterloo.

The four Democrats seeking the nomination are Eric Giddens and Sasha Wohlpart, both members of the Cedar Falls school board; Amy Petersen, a professor at the University of Northern Iowa; and Tom Ralston, a former union leader and employee of John Deere.

Republican Central Committee members are meeting Monday at Upper Iowa University to pick the GOP nominee.

Libertarian Fred Perryman also has announced his candidacy.

Candidates have until March 5 to file nominating petitions to run in the special election.

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