District 27 covers Cherokee County, eastern Plymouth County and northern Woodbury County, including south Sioux City and Sergeant Bluff. The current Senator, Ron Wieck (R-Sioux City), announced he will not seek re-election in 2010.
"I am running because our middle class families need a strong voice at the Iowa Capitol," said Pottebaum, a Democrat.
"We're trying to get back on our feet in northwest Iowa and folks up here need someone in Des Moines who's going to fight for them. I'll stand up for what's right and I'll fight every day for policies that create jobs for middle class families and I'll support initiatives that help our small business community."
Pottebaum served as a police officer in Sioux City for 18 years. A former president of the Iowa Police Officers Association, Pottebaum is now the Association's trustee to the Municipal Fire and Police Retirement System of Iowa.
"As a Sioux City cop and then as a security officer I've spent most of my life protecting people," said Pottebaum. "Whether it's their well-being or their economic security, I'm a fighter for what's right and I'll take that ethic to the Capitol for Senate District 27."
After working as a Police Officer at River-Cade for many years, Marty Pottebaum became a volunteer in 1994. He has served as a Fleet Captain, Senior Vice Officer in charge of Security and as an Executive Officer on the River-Cade Fleet. Pottebaum was also River-Cade Commodore in 1998. He is also a board member of the Jerry Rabiner Boy's Ranch in Fort Dodge, which is operated by the Iowa State Police Association.
"I also believe that a strong education is the foundation for success for our kids," Pottebaum said. "Not only does a good education help to guarantee a good economic future, it's also been my experience as a police officer that kids with a good education are more likely to stay out of trouble, too.
"Right now, we've got a problem of underfunding education in Iowa. If elected, I'll work to restore funding to our K-12 schools so that all kids in northwest Iowa have the chance to succeed."
Marty and his wife Kandy are the parents of five children, Mindy, Marty, Chris, Kirk and Kevin. They also have three grandchildren. Marty is currently employed as the Security Guest Services Manager for Southern Hills Mall in Sioux City.
Marty, a Remsen native, said he looks forward to waging a positive campaign focused on improving education, supporting job growth and developing real opportunities for the hundreds of entrepreneurs and small business owners in Senate District 27.
"I have been working my whole life to protect people and businesses in northwest Iowa," said Pottebaum. "Now I will take my experience to the Iowa Senate where I'll fight every day to secure the economic future of children and families in Senate District 27.
"If you want to get involved, if you have a concern or an idea for me to work into our campaign for the Iowa Senate, please give me a call. I can be reached at (712) 251-1799."
Pottebaum is opposed by Republican Bill Anderson of Pierson.