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Iowa filing deadline report: Only one contested state executive primary this season

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March 15, 2014


By Maresa Strano

Des Moines, Iowa: Seven state executive positions are up for election in 2014 in the state of Iowa: governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer and auditor, and secretary of agriculture.

The primary election is scheduled for June 3, 2014. Iowa is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. The primary is closed, but voters are allowed to change their political party affiliation on election day.[1]

Six of the seven incumbents are seeking re-election. They are:

The final incumbent, Secretary of State Matt Schultz (R), will leave his office behind after this term. He opted instead to seek the open U.S. House seat representing Iowa's 3rd District.

Yesterday, March 14, the filing period for major party primary candidates came to a close with only Gov. Terry Branstad drawing a primary challenger. Branstad will face Tom Hoefling in the June 3 GOP primary; the remaining candidates are unopposed and will automatically advance to the November 4 general election ballot.[2]

The following list of candidates is official as of March 15, 2014. (* denotes incumbent status)[2]


Lieutenant Governor

Attorney General

Secretary of State



Secretary of Agriculture

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