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Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds on Wednesday officially announced her candidacy to be elected to the position she currently holds in her hometown of Osceola.

Reynolds became Iowa’s first female Governor after former Governor Terry Branstad resigned after the U.S. Senate confirmed his appointment by President Donald Trump as U.S. Ambassador to China.

This announcement is just a formality as her campaign apparatus has been at work for some time.

During her remarks, Gov. Reynolds promised to be a governor for all Iowans, and someone who will work day and night to unleash opportunity for communities in all corners of the state.

“It’s small, tight-knit communities like Osceola that represent the best of Iowa and its people,” said Governor Kim Reynolds. “Iowa is a place where if you work hard and dream big, anything is possible. As I formally announce that I am running for Governor, my promise is to move our state in an even better direction. And so while I look forward to talking about our state’s historic successes, we must continue to unleash opportunity for Iowans and pass onto our children an Iowa even greater than the one we inherited.”

Her running mate, Lt. Governor Adam Gregg, said, “Iowans have a lot to be proud of, including a study just released by U.S. News & World Report, which ranked Iowa as the top state in the nation for 2018. We are also the #1 state for middle-class families; our high school graduation rate is #1 in the country. Iowa boasts a historically low unemployment rate, and as a state, we are ready to build on this success and break new barriers to benefit all Iowans. To do just that, there is no better leader and Governor for Iowa than Governor Kim Reynolds.”

The formal announcement kicks off a weeks-long announcement tour across the state that includes stops in Mt. Pleasant, Bettendorf, Marion, Marshalltown, Ames, Ft. Dodge, Mason City, Cedar Falls, and Des Moines this week.

Reynolds joined by Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett and Boone Mayor Pro Tem Steven Ray who have announced their candidacies for the Republican nomination. At the time of this writing, no gubernatorial candidate has filed official paperwork with the Iowa Secretary of State’s office for the June 5th Republican primary.

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