SECRETARY OF STATE: Pate Expects Contentious Race

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He’s been the Iowa Secretary of State before and now Paul Pate wants the job again.

The Republican candidate visited Des Moines Tuesday morning. Pate spoke at the Des Moines Conservation Breakfast Club.

He and the current Secretary of State, Matt Schultz announced their candidacies on the same day earlier this month.

Pate expects the Secretary of State race to be contentious.

“I think it’s pretty clear this is a race that’s going to be targeted,” Pate said.

“In fact there are many, many articles already being written talking about how the Democrats are going after the Secretary of State offices across the country. So you’re going to see some big money, more money than you’ll ever saw in this race.”

Pate served as Secretary of State in the 90s. He also severed as the mayor of Cedar Rapids.

Brad Anderson is running for the Democratic nomination. He was President Obama’s Iowa campaign manager in 2012 and served as Governor Culver’s communications director.