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August 25th, 2009

State Senator Jerry Behn to Announce Gubernatorial Campaign

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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behnAt a time when many people expect the Republican gubernatorial field to contract, another candidate is throwing his hat into the ring. Later this morning, State Senator Jerry Behn will announce his intentions to run for Governor. Behn will join Bob Vander Plaats, Rep. Chris Rants, Christian Fong, Sen. Paul McKinley, and Rep. Rod Roberts in seeking the Republican nomination.

Behn, a native of Boone County, joined his family’s farming operation after finishing school, which he continues to operate today. He is a member of the Iowa Farm Bureau and the Iowa Soybean Association. He began his political career in 1994 when he was elected to the Boone County Board of Supervisors. In 1996, he successfully ran for the Iowa State and is currently serving his fourth term.

Last month in an op-ed published on TheIowaRepublican.com, Behn wrote, “Governor Culver seems to no longer be living in Iowa, but in the state of denial. The governor and his crew are telling you, that you are simply not paying enough in taxes to support their habits. They say that the national and Iowa recession is the problem. What they are not telling you is that the state is receiving near record revenue, in spite of the recession.”

Behn voted for and helped pass the Defense of Marriage Act in 1998. He has also consistently pushed for a constitutional amendment to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Behn was also the point person in the state senate in trying to preserve the ban on human cloning. In his years in public office, Behn has proved himself to be a fiscal and social conservative.

In addition to Sen. Behn, fellow GOP candidate Bob Vander Plaats has also scheduled his formal campaign announcement. Vander Plaats will officially enter the GOP gubernatorial race on Labor Day in his home town of Sheldon, Iowa. Since Vander Plaats announced the formation of his “testing the waters” committee last January, he has indicated that a formal announcement would be coming this fall.

While the GOP’s gubernatorial field has now grown to six announced candidates, many Republican activists and donors are waiting to hear if former Governor Terry Branstad will indeed come out of his political retirement and seek the Republican nomination for governor. It is widely expected that a Branstad candidacy would winnow the field of Republican candidates. State Senator Paul McKinley has already let it be known that he would reconsider his run for governor if Branstad enters the race.

As it currently stands, this is the largest field of GOP gubernatorial candidates in recent history. While a Branstad candidacy will impact the primary race significantly, it is unlikely that he would clear the field if he does run. In fact, Sen. Behn’s entrance into the race now signals that he will likely not drop out if Branstad enters the race.


About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of TheIowaRepublican.com, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and TheIowaRepublican.com as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, TheIowaRepublcian.com. Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.




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