DES MOINES — Deidre DeJear, a Des Moines businesswoman and former candidate for Iowa’s top elections office, announced Friday she has formed a committee to explore a run for Iowa governor in 2022.
DeJear, a 35-year-old Democrat, planned to host an event later Monday in Des Moines before embarking on a tour of eastern Iowa cities.
DeJear is the second Democrat running or exploring a run for governor; Ras Smith, a state legislator from Waterloo, previously announced his campaign.
Republican incumbent Gov. Kim Reynolds has not yet made an official announcement, but she is widely expected to run for re-election in 2022.
“In recent years Iowa has experienced unprecedented challenges. We have been through a pandemic, a derecho, and many of our underlying economic struggles remain,” DeJear said in a campaign press release. “As Iowans, I know that we can face — and overcome — these challenges together. It doesn’t matter if you are a Democrat, Republican, Independent, or someone who has given up on politics. Everyone deserves a listening ear and a seat at the table. In these divided times, it’s more important than ever to unite as Iowans.”
DeJear was the Democratic candidate for Iowa Secretary of State in 2018; she was the first Black woman in Iowa history to earn a major party nomination for statewide office. DeJear lost to Republican incumbent Paul Pate.
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