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January 15th, 2014
 

Branstad to Officially Launch Campaign for Sixth Term Wednesday

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad plans to kickoff his campaign for an unprecedented sixth term as the state’s chief executive Wednesday evening. The announcement will be followed by a rigorous three-day campaign swing that includes 13 stops around the state, beginning Thursday morning in Pella and wrapping up Saturday evening in Council Bluffs.

The announcement will come as no surprise to Iowa political watchers. Branstad established his 2014 campaign apparatus months ago. That includes a full staff, extensive ground operation and a permanent campaign headquarters, located in Urbandale. He also raked in a record amount of fundraising dollars in 2013.

The fact that Branstad is running for another term might be the worst kept secret in Iowa political history. In fact, the governorinadvertently told Iowans he was running again back in September during the grand opening of his official campaign headquarters, when he started a sentence with “When I become an official candidate…”

Terry Branstad originally retired from office in 1999, after his fourth term. Eleven years later, as Iowa languished under the policies of Democrat Chet Culver, Branstad returned. It was January 2010, just a few days shy of four year ago, that Terry Branstad launched his comeback. It culminated in nine point victories in the Republican primary and November 2010 general election. Branstad triumphantly returned to Terrace Hill.

Now, with Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds alongside, Terry Branstad begins the campaign that is likely to cement his status as the longest serving governor in the history of the United States. Only former New York Governor George Clinton served longer. He spent 21 years in office during the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. Branstad just started his 20th year.

The announcement comes on the heels of the governor’s annual Condition of the State address. Tuesday morning at the State Capitol, Branstad’s speech was titled, “Iowa is Working”. He touted many of the successes of the past three years, including the return of fiscal soundness to the state budget, maintaining one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation and passing the largest tax cut in state history.

The governor also encouraged Iowans, and specifically the state legislature, to dream even bigger.

“I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish working together,” Branstad said. “The results of our work will have a positive impact in the lives of many Iowans. However, there is still much more work to be done. Together, let’s make this another successful and productive session. This year, let’s continue to work to overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of our citizens as they seek the Iowa Dream.”

Branstad’s goals for this legislative session include establishing the Home Base Iowa program to match military veterans with jobs, expand the state’s broadband reach in rural areas, continue working toward making Iowa the healthiest state in the nation and further reducing debt for college students.

Branstad achieved many of the reforms in education and property tax that he aimed for last session, so this year’s legislative goals are more modest and likely more palatable to the opposing party.

The Branstad/Reynolds 2014 campaign announcement takes place at 6:30 Wednesday night at the Hy-Vee Conference Center in West Des Moines.

Below is the schedule for their statewide campaign tour, scheduled to begin Thursday morning:

Thursday, January 16, 2014

9:00 a.m.    

Smokey Row Coffee

639 Franklin St.

Pella, Iowa

 

11:00 a.m.   

The Vine Coffeehouse

1207 N Jefferson Street

Ottumwa, Iowa

 

2:00 p.m.    

Ivy Bake Shoppe & Cafe

622 7th Street

Fort Madison, Iowa

 

4:30 p.m.    

Elly’s Tea and Coffee House

208 W 2nd Street, Suite 8

Muscatine, Iowa

 

6:00 p.m.    

The Machine Shed Restaurant

7250 Northwest Blvd

Davenport, Iowa

 

Friday, January 17, 2014

9:00 a.m.    

Giese Manufacturing

7025 Chavenelle Road

Dubuque, Iowa

 

11:30 a.m.   

Diamond V Mills

2525 60th Ave SW

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

 

2:30 p.m.    

Beck’s Sports Brewery

3295 University Ave

Waterloo, Iowa

 

5:00 p.m.    

Streetscape at the Music Man Square

308 S Pennsylvania Ave

Mason City, Iowa

 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

9:00 a.m.    

Decker Trucking

4000 5th Ave S

Fort Dodge, Iowa

 

1:00 p.m.    

Iowa State Bank

105 Albany Ave SE

Orange City, Iowa

 

3:00 p.m.    

McCarthy and Bailey’s Banquet Room

423 Pearl Street

Sioux City, Iowa

 

5:30 p.m.    

Tish’s Restaurant

1207 S. 35th St

Council Bluffs, Iowa


About the Author

Kevin Hall
Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson's presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor's office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad's 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for TheIowaRepublican.com.




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