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ELECTION SEASON: Political Campaigns Kick Off

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Election season is underway for Iowa.

On Saturday, Governor Branstad and the long-time state politician hoping to unseat Branstad made appearances across the state.

Iowa Republicans and Democrats kicked off campaign season on Saturday by holding their county conventions around the state.  Governor Terry Branstad and State Senator Jack Hatch used the opportunity to make their case on why they should be Iowa’s choice for governor to the party faithful.

Governor Branstad visited Ankeny High School Saturday morning to talk to Polk County GOP members. There the governor touched on several issues including education, jobs and the National Guard.

But Branstad’s main focus was on the reelection campaign.  Not only did the governor go after state democrats but he had harsh words for the white house as well.

“Americans are tired of this administration,” Governor Branstad said.

“They want a new direction, they want us to get this federal deficit under control and they want to focus on revitalizing the private sector instead of growing the public sector,” Branstad said.

One of Branstad’s opponents was busy making appearances in several eastern Iowa counties on Saturday. State Senator and gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch went to county conventions in Blackhawk, Linn and Johnson counties.

Hatch is one of three democrats running against Branstad in governor.  The other two hopefuls are former Des Moines School Board member Jonathan Narcisse and Paul Dahl from Webster City.

The primary election is set for June 3.