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DES MOINES — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ campaign arm is planning a “special event” that could be the official kickoff of her re-election campaign.
The Reynolds campaign announced Friday it will hold a rally Wednesday at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. The announcement does not say what Reynolds will talk about at the event.
Reynolds, a Republican, is up for re-election this fall. She has not yet officially announced her desire to seek another four years as Iowa governor, but is widely expected to do so.
What: Gov. Reynolds Special Event
When: Doors open at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 9
Where: Elwell Family Food Center at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, 3000 E. Grand Ave., Des Moines
RSVP and details: reynoldstour.com.
Reynolds became governor in 2017, when she was promoted from lieutenant governor after former Gov. Terry Branstad was named U.S. ambassador to China. Reynolds won a full four-year term in 2018 by 3 percent over Democratic candidate Fred Hubbell.
Hubbell in 2018 emerged from a five-way Democratic primary. This year, Democrats have just one active candidate: Deidre DeJear, a Des Moines businesswoman who ran for Iowa secretary of state in 2018.
Reynolds’ campaign raised nearly $3.8 million in 2021 and finished the year with nearly $4.8 million in her campaign account, according to state campaign finance records. The Reynolds campaign claimed both are state campaign fundraising records.
DeJear raised just $280,000 and finished the year with only $8,500 in her campaign account.
Wednesday’s event is scheduled to be held at the fairgrounds’ Elwell Family Food Center. Doors open at 5 p.m. People wishing to attend can RSVP at reynoldstour.com.
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