Iowa voting rights activist considers run for Iowa governor

Posted at 11:39 AM, Jul 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-12 13:12:02-04

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa voting rights activist Deidre DeJear says she is considering a run for Iowa governor. DeJear on Monday announced the formation of an exploratory committee and a tour of seven Iowa cities this week to discuss the idea with Iowans. She will begin at a Des Moines hair salon and then travel to Clinton, Davenport, Muscatine, Burlington, Fort Madison and Ottumwa. DeJear won the Democratic nomination for Iowa secretary of state in 2018, becoming the first Black person to be nominated by a major political party for a statewide office in Iowa. She was defeated in the general election by incumbent Republican Paul Pate. Iowa Rep. Ras Smith, also a Democrat, announced his candidacy last month. Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds has not yet formally announced a run for reelection.