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CLEMENS, David. (Dubuque, IA- ). Clemens handled legal matters for the DUBUQUE RACING ASSOCIATION and served as its president. He was a partner in the firm of Clemens and King.

In March 1985, Clemens was appointed to the Iowa Department of Transportation Commission. He served as president of the DUBUQUE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE and, in the early 1970s, led a drive to construct the Law Enforcement Center. (1)

In 1972 the Dubuque Area Legal Services Agency issued a report that attacked the grand jury system it described as failing to represent a cross-section of the county's population. Clemens was one of four people who compiled the report which asked that consideration be given to its recommendations before a new jury commission was appointed. (2)

Clemens was the chairman of a subcommittee of the Dubuque Citizens Advisory Commission in 1974 which studied the Medical Associates Clinic building for use as a city hall. (3)

On August 14, 1989 Dubuque County riverboat gambling advocates were working hard to get voters to vote and vote "yes." Among those leading the campaign, David Clemens served as the president of the DUBUQUE RACING ASSOCIATION. (4)



1. "Taxpayers' Meeting," Telegraph Herald, November 8, 1971, p. 9

2. Miller, Jim. "Local Grand Jury System Attacked," Telegraph Herald, January 13, 1972, p. 8

3. "Council to be Asked to Fund City Hall Study," Telegraph Herald, February 27 1974, p. 8

4. Kirchen, Rich. "Casino Backers Rally Final Campaign," Telegraph Herald, August 14, 1989, p. 1