This morning, State Representative Chris Rants announced that he’s filling out the appropriate paper to run for governor. Rants made the announcement on his Twitter page. Rants will also be the focus of this week’s edition of Iowa Press. Iowa Press airs on Iowa Public Television tonight at 7:30 and Sunday morning at 11:30 a.m.
Rants issued the following statement this morning on Twitter:
Todays to do list:
1 File exploratory committee papers.
2 Tape IA Press.
3 Hit the road & continue listening to Iowans kitchen table concerns.
Rants told The Iowa Republican this morning that he, “Still a lot of people to sit down with, counties to visit, folks to listen to.” Rants also said that he has hit his initial fundraising goal.
Rants’ announcement comes just two days after being attacked by Bob Vander Plaats over the issue of gay marriage. Vander Plaats, who says that he will sign an executive order to ban gay marriage, critized Rants for saying that he would not take similar action. Rants instead advocates for the passage of a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Rants successfully passed a marriage amendment in the Iowa House when he served as Speaker, and forced a vote on the matter this past legislative session.
With 17 years of legislative experience under his belt, Rants has a firm grasp of the issues facing the state, and solid understanding of how state government works. Having served as the Speaker of the House and the House Minority Leader, Rants has traveled the state raising money to help elect Republicans to the Iowa House.
Rants has been on the road listening to Iowans for the last five weeks. During that time he has traveled 11,000 miles in his car. Rants said, “I’ve been asking what people are talking about around their kitchen tables. I’ve listened to activists about how we need to pull our party together. And I’ve sat down and listened to business leaders about their concerns about the loss of jobs in Iowa.”
The combination of his knowledge of state government, his fundraising experience, and his drive and determination will make him a formidable candidate in the Republican gubernatorial primary.
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