THINKING AHEAD: Governor Makes Moves

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Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is widely expected to seek a sixth term in office. But he has said repeatedly he won't announce his plans until next year. Sunday, a top aide confirmed Branstad is making moves toward his re-election efforts. Communications Director Tim Albrecht said, "Now that the fiscal year is over and all the bills have been signed, I think you'll see some announcements from the Branstad campaign that they are, in fact, taking a re-election campaign as a very real thing. The governor won't announce until early next year. But should he decide to run again, the apparatus is going to be in place. And it's going to be robust."

Albrecht did not detail what those announcements would be. But the governor has already been raising money and adding staff for his re-election efforts. Branstad, in his fifth term, is already Iowa's longest-serving governor.

Former State Representative Bob Krause, a Des Moines Democrat, already announced that he will run for governor. State Senator Jack Hatch, another Des Moines Democrat, said he woud likely run, as well.

Scott Brennan, Iowa Democratic Party Chairman, said he expects 4 candidates from his party to run. He didn't name them. Although, State Representative Tyler Olson, recently resigned as state party chairman, to explore a bid for governor.


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