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KING, D. Michael

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KING, D. Michael. (Dundee, IL- ). MAYOR. King, an attorney, announced his candidacy for a position on the Dubuque City Council in September 1977. In announcing his intention to run, King stated his interest in the council as taking a positive look at the development of neighborhood parks, recreation areas, and the use of CITY ISLAND for recreational purposes.

Then a partner in the firm of Kintzinger, Kintzinger, Van Etten, Setter and King, King had chaired the local United Way campaign for two years and been a member of "Your TOWN CLOCK Committee." King had also served as second vice-president of the DUBUQUE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE and was active in seeking development of the downtown area. He served for several years as president of the Ronald McDonald House in Iowa City. In 1976 King received the Jaycees Distinguished Service Award for hosting fund drives for the FIVE FLAGS CIVIC CENTER, cancer research, YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION (Y.M.C.A.), and BETHANY HOME. He also served on the boards of the Dubuque Area Legal Services Agency and Project Concern. King was president of the Evening Optimist Club. (1)

King served as mayor in 1981. The franchise approved by voters in 1981 called for channels and money to be set aside for staff, operating expenses and equipment. Use of the COMMUNITY ACCESS PROGRAMMING would be limited to Dubuque citizens or people representing Dubuque community organizations. The city felt the effects of the DUBUQUE PACKING COMPANY laying off one-third of its workforce and the beginning of a national economic slowdown. In 1981 the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors asked the City of Dubuque to take over plans to develop HYDROELECTRICITY with a small-sale power plant on the Mississippi. The county's plan to develop the project was blocked by a legal opinion that county governments do not have the authority to form electric utilities. James Brady became the first mayor elected by voters in Dubuque in 1981 and the first mayor chosen by popular vote since 1918.

Additional events during King's term as mayor can be found by writing 1981 in the search feature of this encyclopedia.



1. "Dubuque Jaycees Honor Chavenelle, King, Norton," Telegraph Herald, January 23, 1976, p. 8