(BOONE) – State Sen. Jerry Behn, candidate for governor in the Republican primary, announced today that he is leaving the race and endorsing former Governor Terry Branstad.
“My passion for this state is just as fervent as it was the day I began my first campaign for the Iowa Senate,” said Behn, who announced his run for governor earlier this year. “In visiting with scores of individuals across the state, there is no question that Iowa must do better with regard to job creation, the state’s budget and education. While I believe I could have made a real difference in these areas as governor, I am stepping aside to focus on electing Terry Branstad as our next Governor.”
Behn, who farms in rural Boone County, was elected to the Iowa Senate in 1996.
“I believe now, more than ever, Iowa needs a chief executive who comprehends the enormous opportunity we have to reform state government. I put my full support behind the campaign of Governor Branstad,” said Behn.
Branstad welcomed the support of Behn as a sign of the growing momentum in his campaign’s organization. He says Behn will be instrumental in developing solutions to the challenges the state faces.
“I look forward to working with Jerry as we discuss the ideas and tools needed in order to lead Iowa’s comeback,” said Branstad. “Jerry’s assistance and guidance will be valuable to our campaign as we continue advancing a conservative, pro-economic development agenda.”
Senator Behn thanked all those who came out to hear him during his campaign. “I especially want to thank all of those Iowans who said they would support my candidacy,” concluded Behn.
Photo by Dave Davidson
Rod Roberts Responds to Behn’s Exit
Republican gubernatorial candidate Rod Roberts today made the following comments on State Senator Jerry Behn’s announcement to end his gubernatorial campaign:
“Jerry Behn is a fantastic State Senator and is a good advocate for the people of Iowa, not just for those Iowans in Senate District 24, but for Iowans in all 99 counties. I have appreciated both Jerry’s political leadership and his personal friendship during my five terms in the Iowa House of Representatives, and all Iowans should be thankful for Jerry’s commitment to the future of this great state.”
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