CARTER LAKE — Charlie McConkey, a retired steelworker, announced during Monday's Carter Lake City Council meeting that he will run for the Iowa House.
The Carter Lake native, who now lives in Council Bluffs, is seeking the District 15 seat, which represents Carter Lake and the west end of Council Bluffs. Current Rep. Mark Brandenburg has previously said he would not seek re-election.
“I have enough life experience to draw from and am young enough to serve the hardworking people,” said McConkey, 58, who worked as a steelworker for 31 years.
McConkey, a Democrat, said he will focus on workforce, education and economic development issues.
After retiring as a steelworker, McConkey was a real estate agent for NP Dodge for six years. McConkey currently is vice president of the Roberts Park Neighborhood Association. His family owned and operated a former gas station and salvage yard on Locust Street in Carter Lake.
McConkey and his wife, Sheryl, have four children.