Dallas Center Mayor Mitch Hambleton announced Tuesday night that he will be running for Dallas County Treasurer in the 2014 elections.

"I am committed to public service and see the Treasurer’s Office as the right fit at this time where I can continue to put my years of business and government experience to work for the citizens of Dallas County," Hambleton said.

Hambleton is currently serving his ninth year as mayor and served eight years prior to that on the Dallas Center City Council. He has also been chairman of the County Republican organization for 10 years.

A Board member of the Greater Dallas County Development Alliance, Hambleton was one of the founders of a regional Development organization, Common Thread. He is very active in the Boy Scouts of America, presently serving as Outdoor Adventures Chair for the Mid-Iowa Council. "I’m excited to serve the citizens of Dallas County", says Hambleton, "I believe that my extensive business and public background uniquely qualifies me to serve Dallas County as Treasurer. I greatly respect and thank current County Treasurer Darrell Bauman for the excellent job he has done for the past 16 years that he has held the office. The modernization of the department and development of his staff well positions them for the future. I look to carry on his excellent track record and provide continued leadership to the great staff in his office."

Hambleton is a certified public accountant with over 30 years of business experience, a Controller of a West Des Moines insurance company, and former graduate of the University of Northern Iowa. Hambleton lives in Dallas Center with his wife Ruth. He and Ruth have two children, one grandchild and several on the way. They are active members of Faith Lutheran Church in Adel.

Hambleton is seeking the Republican nomination.