Vote 2014: Branstad, Reynolds to Make “Major Campaign Announcement”

By Rod Boshart, Reporter

Governor Terry Branstad delivers the Condition of the State address at the State Capitol Building in Des Moines on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette-KCRG TV9)

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URBANDALE, Iowa - Gov. Terry Branstad, who has raised $4.1 million for a likely re-election bid for a six-term, announced Tuesday that he and Lt. Gov. Reynolds will travel to 14 cities to discuss Iowa's future starting with a “a major campaign announcement” Wednesday night.

According to a Branstad-Reynolds press release, the Republican governor, the lieutenant governor and leaders from across the state will gather to discuss the accomplishments seen under the leadership of Branstad and Reynolds and share their vision for building Iowa's future.

“Tomorrow night, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds and I are making a major campaign announcement about the future of Iowa. We would love it if you could attend this historic announcement at the Hy-Vee Conference Center in West Des Moines at 6:30 p.m.,” Branstad said in an email message distributed by his campaign.

“Iowa is on a path to a brighter future. Jobs are roaring back. We've cut the size and scope of government and have signed into law the largest property tax cut in history. We are implementing historic education reform and healthcare initiatives. This is how we build Iowa's future,” the Branstad email added.

After Wednesday’s announcement in West Des Moines, Branstad and Reynolds are scheduled to make stops in Pella, Ottumwa, Fort Madison, Muscatine and Davenport on Thursday; in Dubuque, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, and Mason City on Friday; and in Fort Dodge, Orange City, Sioux City and Council Bluffs on Saturday.

Branstad was first elected governor in 1982. The Lake Mills Republican served until January 1999, when he stepped down after four, four-year terms.

After 12 years of Democrats Tom Vilsack and Chet Culver residing in Terrace Hill, Branstad decided to come out of political retirement and leave a post as president of Des Moines University to successfully seek a fifth term in 2010.

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