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Vander Plaats, Attorney General Tom Miller File Nomination Papers

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DES MOINES - Bob Vander Plaats is the first of three Republican gubernatorial hopefuls to file his nomination papers for governor. The Sioux City businessman filed his papers Monday, the opening day of the filing period for state and federal office in Iowa.

Attorney Tom Miller, a Des Moines Democrat, also filed for re-election Monday, according to the Secretary of State's Office.

Vander Plaats, papers were accepted for certification.

Former Gov. Terry Branstad and Rep. Rod Roberts of Carroll are expected to file for the June 8 GOP primary.

Monday was the first day for candidates to submit nomination petitions to put their names on the ballot. Vander Plaats' petitions included 4,766 signatures from 28 qualified counties.

Gubernatorial candidates are required to receive signatures equal to 1 percent of their party's vote total in the 2008 presidential election in at least 10 counties and 0.5 percent of their party's statewide vote. Republican gubernatorial candidates must submit at least 3,412 signatures to secure a place on the ballot.

March 19 is the final day to submit nomination papers.

Miller, first elected in 1978, is expected to face a challenge from Republican Brenna Findley of Dexter.

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