Dan Muhlbauer (right) chats with Carroll County Supervisor Marty Danzer before Monday&rsquo;s District 51 Democratic special convention at the Carrollton Centre in Carroll. Sixteen delegates from the district gave Muhlbauer the nomination on a unanimous vote. <em>Daily Times Herald photo by Butch Heman</em>
Dan Muhlbauer (right) chats with Carroll County Supervisor Marty Danzer before Monday’s District 51 Democratic special convention at the Carrollton Centre in Carroll. Sixteen delegates from the district gave Muhlbauer the nomination on a unanimous vote. Daily Times Herald photo by Butch Heman
Tuesday, July 20, 2010

In a special convention Monday night, Manilla farmer and Crawford County Supervisor Dan Muhlbauer received the Democratic nomination for the 51st District Iowa House race.

No other nominations were made during the brief proceeding at the Carrollton Centre, and Muhlbauer’s nomination was accepted and approved on unanimous show-of-hand votes from the 16 precinct delegates in attendance.

The convention was needed since Democrat Larry Lesle of Manning dropped out of the race before the June 8 primary election.

Muhlbauer will face Auburn truck driver and farmer Dan Dirkx in the Nov. 2 general election. Dirkx defeated Don Bernholtz and Joel Pawletzki, both of Carroll, in the Republican primary.

“I want to thank you all for your support,” Muhlbauer, who raises cattle, hogs, corn and soybeans and is a second-term supervisor, told the delegates.

Muhlbauer, 51, son of longtime Crawford County supervisor and five-term State Rep. Louis Muhlbauer, is a 1976 graduate of Manilla High School and earned an associate degree in agricultural business at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls.

He and wife Patti, who have three grown children, have farmed outside Manilla for 32 years.

Muhlbauer said he wants to be a voice for District 51 — which is comprised of Carroll County, eastern Crawford County and southeastern Sac County — and western Iowa at the Capitol.

“They tend to forget about us out here,” he said. “I’m here to hear what your needs are, and I can take it down to the Statehouse and we can accomplish some things.”

He told the delegates about Crawford County’s successes during his five years as supervisor, including a new jail and development of highways using revenue from wind turbines.

And he said that as a state representative he’d work to get U.S. 30 four-laned in western Iowa  “so we can bring big businesses into these areas and have infrastructure built so our hospitals, our schools and all our businesses can continually grow.”

He also said his House campaign is going well.

“We’re going out hard,” he said. “We’re knocking on doors. We’re doing fundraisers, which are coming in really nice. People are really supporting us. … People are really receptive. They’re liking what we have to say.”

“We’re going to win strong,” Muhlbauer added.