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Iowa Sen. Nate Boulton announces run for governor

By Ed Tibbitts, Quad City Times | May 04, 2017

Iowa Sen. Nate Boulton, a first-term lawmaker who represents a district that includes the east side of Des Moines, announced Thursday that he will seek the Democratic nomination for governor.

Boulton will join a lengthy list of Democrats who are running or considering a bid for the job next year.

Boulton won praise for his resistance to the Republican proposal in the state legislature this year to strip away collective bargaining rights for most of Iowa’s public employees. Democrats lost the fight, but Boulton got attention across the state for his fight against it.

“For too long the Branstad-Reynolds agenda has been about holding people back and taking away. I launch this campaign for governor knowing we are fighting for the soul of our state. We will put forth a vision for Iowa that enhances the quality of life for all Iowans by investing in education, rewards hard work, protests Iowa’s resources and grows our rural economy,” Boulton said in a statement.

He was kicking off his campaign with an early morning appearance in Columbus Junction, his hometown.

Boulton, a lawyer, is new to the legislature. He was elected to a state senate seat just last year, replacing Sen. Dick Dearden, D-Des Moines, who retired after 22 years in office.

In addition to announcing his candidacy, Boulton announced a list of supporters. His. campaign chair is state Sen. Pam Jochum, who represents a district in Dubuque and was president of the senate last year. The primary isn’t until a year from June.

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