Readers Respond

Monday, July 11, 2005

Blouin enters the fray for Governor's seat

To The Editor:

It's my desire to enter into a dialogue with Iowans over the next several months about our collective future and how I might contribute to that future.

No matter what our faith traditions are, all of us are called to make this place a little bit better, for those who share this land, and for those who are yet to come.

Throughout my life, I have had the opportunity to contribute in different ways to that call - as an educator, as a lawmaker, as a community action advocate and as a community and economic developer, I've had the privilege of contributing toward a better future for people from all walks of life.

The dialogue I want to have with Iowans will hopefully point to the next role I might play in helping Iowa become an even better place.

To do justice to this, it is essential that I focus my energies in the months ahead on this conversation with Iowans from all across the state - river to river, north to south, old and young, new and native.

To this end, I have submitted my resignation to Governor Vilsack effective the end of this week.

I've enjoyed working in the Vilsack-Pederson administration. Together we've been able to do great work in transforming Iowa's economy. In the two and a half years since I was appointed to the department, we have assisted 369 projects to create or retain 20,410 jobs that will result in a capital investment of nearly $3.5 billion.

I'm extremely proud to have played a role in Iowa's rebirth. And, although I'm leaving the department, I remain committed to creating the kinds of professions that will keep our young people here, in continuing the enhancement of lifelong educational opportunities and to expanding access to quality healthcare so Iowans can continue to enjoy the quality of life this state has to offer.

- Michael T. Blouin, Des Moines