Dubuque City Council member Kevin Lynch plans to run for the Iowa House of Representatives in 2014.

Lynch told the Telegraph Herald today he is “definitely interested” in the District 99 seat that will be open as state Rep. Pat Murphy, D-Dubuque, runs for Congress in the 1st District. Lynch said he has been considering running for the statehouse for many years, and though he has not yet filed official papers, he fully intends to run for the office.

“I can’t see any reason at this point why I would not do it,” said Lynch, the owner of Net-Smart in Dubuque. “It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a long time.”

District 99 serves roughly half the city of Dubuque.

Lynch, a Democrat, said he would like to serve in the Capitol to work on statewide education issues and incentives to keep young Iowans in Iowa. He was first elected to the city council in 2005 and is serving the final year of his second term.

Murphy has served in the Iowa House since 1989. His Congressional run creates the first open Iowa Legislature seat from the city of Dubuque since 2008.

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