After months of rumors that former Secretary of State Paul Pate would run for his old office agian, Pate announced today that he will not seek the Republican nomination. Pate’s plans to seek state-wide office in 2010 were put on hold due to the health of his parents. Both of his parents have experienced health problems recently and he wants to be there with them during this difficult time.
Pate made the following statement today.
As a former Iowa Secretary of State I want to thank the many Iowans who have encouraged me to seek this leadership position again. I appreciated the opportunity to serve Iowans as a State Senator, Mayor and Iowa Secretary of State. Reflecting on this important leadership position and considering my family and business demands I will not be seeking Iowa Secretary of State position.
I have great respect and admiration for those that run for elected office. Councilman Schultz and Rep. Eichhorn are both honorable men and will offer Iowan’s an excellent choice for new leadership. I will continue to support and be active in government as a private citizen. Thank you for your encouragement and continued support.
The Republican Primary now comes down to Matt Schultz, a young energetic city councilman from Council Bluffs, and George Eichhorn a former legislator and US Senate candidate.
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