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Prichard suspends campaign for Iowa governor

Cites fundraising challenges for decision

Todd Prichard of Charles City talks with attendees at a news conference announcing his candidacy for governor on the roof of the Cedar Rapids Public Library on Tuesday, May 16. The attorney and Democratic representative has served in the Iowa Legislature since 2013. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Todd Prichard of Charles City talks with attendees at a news conference announcing his candidacy for governor on the roof of the Cedar Rapids Public Library on Tuesday, May 16. The attorney and Democratic representative has served in the Iowa Legislature since 2013. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

State Rep. Todd Prichard said Tuesday he is suspending his campaign for Iowa governor.

He cited fundraising challenges among the reasons.

Prichard, a Charles City Democrat, is one of eight who had said they would seek the party’s nomination next year. However, in a Facebook message Tuesday afternoon, he said he would instead run for re-election to his House seat.

“It has been an honor to participate in the Democratic Party’s primary for governor over the last few months. I am humbled by the support I have received across the state. However, my responsibilities to my family, the Army, my constituents, as well as my small business must take priority over the many hours a day it takes to raise the sums of money required to run successfully,” he said.

Prichard had just returned from a three-week stint overseas while serving in the Army Reserves, and over the weekend he’d appeared with other candidates at the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding, a prominent event in Clear Lake.

In his campaign, Prichard emphasized his rural roots and his military career and was arguing for a broader economic development plan that would produce more high-paying jobs.

A Davenport native, Prichard is the latest Democrat to exit from the field citing fundraising concerns. Former Iowa Department of Natural Resources Director Rich Leopold also cited fundraising concerns in dropping out. Davenport Alderman Mike Matson, who never formally announced a candidacy, also said that raising money was a worry.

Prichard’s exit from the race still leaves a large field. Just Monday, Ross Wilburn of Ames, a former mayor of Iowa City, announced that he is jumping into the race.

Also still in the running are Iowa Sen. Nate Boulton, D-Des Moines; former Iowa Democratic Party Chairwoman Andy McGuire; Des Moines businessman Fred Hubbell; John Norris, a former top aide to Tom Harkin and Tom Vilsack; former Des Moines School Board Chairman Jon Neiderbach and Cathy Glasson, president of Service Employees International Union Local 199.

Glasson has not formally announced her campaign but is expected to do so soon.

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