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June 12th, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Sam Clovis to Run for State Treasurer

U.S. Senate primary runner-up Sam Clovis plans to accept a nomination for state treasurer at this Saturday’s Iowa’s GOP convention, has learned. Clovis, a professor and the chairperson of the Department of Business Administration and Economics at Morningside College in Sioux City, confirmed the news Thursday evening.

“This all developed in the last 24 hours or so,” he said.

Clovis has received a lot of encouragement to run over the past couple of days, which at first he shrugged off, but after hearing how serious people were about him running, the former Air Force pilot started giving the idea serious consideration.

The most impactful boost came from Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds during a Thursday evening phone call. They expressed a lot of excitement about Clovis’ potential candidacy and pledged to assist him in raising funds and if he receives the nomination.

Dr. Clovis also has a remarkable resume, in the public and private sector. His background and experience will measure up very well against Democrat incumbent Michael Fitzgerald.

“I come from a business background. I worked with large budgets when I was in the military. The whole idea of being able to make sound investments, I’m a conservative, so I’ll make sound investments and protect the taxpayers’ money and the wealth of the state,” Clovis said.

Despite raising far less money than any of his opponents in the U.S. Senate race, Clovis finished a surprising second. That success was based mainly on his strong showings during the three-dozen forums and debates the candidates participated in. Clovis’ extensive knowledge of the issues was unmatched. He became wildly popular with grassroots conservatives in the state and made a late move from fourth place in the polls to runner-up.

The addition of Clovis to the Republican ticket will provide an incentive for Tea Party and social conservatives to remain engaged in the process and get motivated to turn out in November. It also gives the ticket another high profile name.

“We have got to do something to unify this party,” Clovis said. “I would have never considered this 24 hours ago and now I think this is exactly what needs to be done.”

John Thompson announced his intentions to run for treasurer on the Republican ticket a few weeks ago, but Clovis will be the overwhelming favorite to secure the nomination. The 2,000 delegates to the state convention will choose the nominee, since no candidate applied for the ballot prior to the June primary cutoff date.

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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

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