While Governor Chet Culver is a continent away on an oddly timed visit to Iraq, back home, Jonathan Narcisse is announcing that he will primary the embattled incumbent governor in the June 8th primary. Narcisse, a former member of the Des Moines School Board, announced his candidacy today.
Narcisse is no stranger to Democratic politics. He supported Governor Culver in 2006 and voted for President Obama in the last election. He has also served as the Co-Chair of the Polk County Democratic Party and is the former chair of the Iowa Commission on the Status of African-Americans (ICSSA).
Narcisse enters the Democrat primary less than a month away from having to submit his nomination petitions. He will have to collect 4,145 signatures to be placed on the primary ballot. That will be no easy task to meet, but Narcisse is well known in urban areas across the state through his publishing business that owns the state’s oldest African-American newspaper, the Iowa Bystander.
If successful in collecting enough signatures to be placed on the primary ballot, Narcisse will next have to find a way to get his message across to Democrat voters in the state. While Governor Culver’s popularity is at an all time low for an incumbent governor, he does have ample funds in which to wage a primary campaign.
Narcisse will also be aided by his close relationship with WHO Radio’s Steve Deace. Narcisse is a regular on Deace in the Afternoon and has been a guest on Jan Mickelson’s morning program as well. It is yet to be determined how well those radio audiences will influence the Democratic primary.
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