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Iowa treasurer considers 2014 bid for governor

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August 27, 2013

Iowa Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald

By Greg Janetka

DES MOINES, Iowa: State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald (D) said last Friday that he would decide on a possible 2014 run for Governor by Labor Day. Fitzgerald was first elected as treasurer in 1982 and has been re-elected seven times since.[1]

“I am talking with some supporters and friends. Some have asked me to think about it, and I am moving in the direction of making a decision. Everybody has to approach it different. I haven’t been trying to create a fanfare. I have just been trying to assess whether people who have helped me or supported me think it makes sense or not,” Fitzgerald stated.[2]

Incumbent Governor Terry E. Branstad (R) has the distinction of being the state's longest serving governor as well as the longest serving governor in U.S. History. He has currently served in the position since 2011 and previously held the office from 1983-1999.[3] Branstad has continued to raise money and add staff to his campaign team, but has not said if he will seek another term.[4]

Thus far, State Sen. Jack Hatch and State Rep. Tyler Olson are the only Democrats to have declared in the race. Legislative leaders Mike Gronstal and Pam Jochum were considering bids but announced late last month that they would pass on the race.[5]

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