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Dem. Challenges Incumbent Rep. Sec. of State

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The former director of President Barack Obama's Iowa campaign has announced his candidacy for Iowa Secretary of State.

Democrat Brad Anderson made the announcement Thursday during a press conference at the Capitol. He may be up against incumbent Republican Secretary Matt Schultz.

Schultz declined to comment on the seat challenge saying he has not decided whether he will run for re-election in 2014.

Anderson says he disagrees with the incumbent Republican's stringent proposal on voter identification. He calls Schultz's "fruitless investigations" a waste of taxpayer dollars and intimidates Iowans from voting.

The challenger plans to tackle voter fraud by installing an electronic voter eligibility check-in system at the polls.

He has already garnered support from a long list of big-name Democrats like former Iowa Governors Tom Vilsack and Chet Culver.