Deidre Dejear, a Des Moines-area Democrat who rose to prominence during her 2018 bid for secretary of state, announced she's launching an exploratory committee for a gubernatorial run.
Driving the news: Dejear announced her interest on Twitter Monday, saying she would be the first Black woman elected governor both in Iowa and U.S. history.
Flashback: In 2018, she was the first-ever Black person to win a primary for a statewide office.
- Though she lost the general election, Dejear gained attention for her stance on election reform, including automatic voter registration and easing early voting.
State of play: A field of household Democratic names are starting to crop up for the June 2022 primary, including State Rep. Ras Smith.
Between the lines: Gov. Kim Reynolds hasn't announced reelection plans yet, but they're likely.
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