HE’S IN: Hatch Announces Run at Abandoned Site

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Monday morning Des Moines State Senator Jack Hatch officially joined the race for governor in 2014, after exploring the run for the past several months.

"In Iowa we don't accept the arrogance of the powerful. In Iowa, we take care of our neighbors. In Iowa, we believe that nobody is above the law," Hatch said, continuing his criticism for Republican Terry Branstad.

Former Des Moines Mayor Preston Daniels, a Hatch supporter, added his own criticism of Branstad for an incident in April when Branstad's SUV got clocked going nearly 20 miles per hour above the speed limit. Daniels said, "Jack Hatch has enough intelligence to know when his vehicle is driving down the road at 94 miles per hour, that it is not going 65."

Branstad previously claimed he didn't realize how fast the vehicle was traveling.

Hatch pledged to raise the minimum wage, make college more affordable and cut property tax for seniors. He didn't announce specifics on how he would do that. His campaign did unveil www.jackhatch.com. 

The other Democrat to officially enter the race, Cedar Rapids State Representative Tyler Olson, released a statement on Hatch's entrance into the field.

"I want to thank Senator Hatch for his over two decades of service in the Iowa Legislature. I look forward to a spirited debate about my vision to put Iowa on a path to the next thirty years of innovation and expansion."

Governor Branstad, who hasn't officially announced his intentions to run for a sixth term, released a response to Hatch before Hatch announced his campaign. The campaign released "Jack Hatch's guide to Iowa".

“As Senator Hatch travels across Iowa discovering it’s a ‘pretty big state,’ we hope he shares the excellent results Governor Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Reynolds have achieved since taking office,” said Branstad-Reynolds campaign manager Jake Ketzner.

“From the largest tax cut in Iowa history, more Iowans working than ever before in our state’s history, the largest investment in Iowa’s schools and our children ever, a balanced budget with a fully-funded rainy day fund, or working to increase rural Iowa’s broadband access, Governor Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Reynolds are building Iowa for the future.”