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June 14th, 2014

Sam Clovis Nominated for State Treasurer

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Written by: Kevin Hall
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DES MOINES – Sam Clovis will be the Iowa Republican nominee for state treasurer after securing the party’s nomination during the state convention on Saturday. Clovis was the runner-up to Joni Ernst in the U.S. Senate primary on June 3.

Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, a delegate from Clarke County, nominated Clovis from the convention floor, which prompted a raucous standing ovation.

“We have to do everything we can to preserve the future and the wealth of this state. I’m proud to be a member of this team. I’m proud to be on this team. I’m proud to be a Republican,” Clovis told convention delegates.

John Thompson, a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, announced his candidacy a few weeks ago. Thompson delivered his speech, then endorsed Clovis at the end of the dialogue, prompting another loud and prolonged standing ovation from the delegates.

Thompson was a supporter of Clovis’ U.S. Senate campaign. The two military veterans embraced as Clovis took the stage. The entire scene was one of the highlights of the convention.

Clovis wholeheartedly endorsed Joni Ernst for U.S. Senate and said fellow senate primary candidates Matt Whitaker and Scott Schaben would assist in his campaign for state treasurer.

Clovis’ entry into the race came very late. He did not decide to run for treasurer until Thursday evening and was not even considering it until a day or two prior to that. Several Clovis supporters lobbied him to join the race. Clovis then reached out to the Branstad campaign to see if they would support his bid and help him raise money.

A Thursday evening phone call from Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds solidified Clovis’ decision to run.

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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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