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Iowa Democrat Debates Entering Race for Governor

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Iowa Democrat Debates Entering Race for Governor
A Democrat who’s had his name on the Iowa’s statewide, General Election ballot eight times is still mulling the idea of running for governor in 2014. State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald says he’s meeting privately with people who are “knowledgeable” about Iowa’s political landscape.

It will be several weeks before Fitzgerald will announce his final decision.

(Fitzgerald, a Marshalltown native, won his first term as state treasurer in 1982 and he’s been reelected seven times, but Fitzgerald says running for governor is an entirely different kind of statewide campaign.

State Representative Tyler Olson of Cedar Rapids and former legislator Bob Krause (rhymes with house) are running on the Democratic side, and State Senator Jack Hatch of Des Moines has indicated he’s likely to run. This week Senate Democratic Leader Mike Gronstal announced he will not run for governor, but said he is “confident” his party can nominate someone who can beat incumbent Republican Terry Branstad. Branstad is laying the groundwork for a 2014 reelection bid and has hired eight full-timers to work on for campaign, but Branstad has said he won’t make a formal announcement about a bid for a sixth term until next year.

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