Jul 13, 2021 - Politics

Deidre Dejear explores run for Iowa governor

Deidre Dejear, wearing a mask and shirt that say "vote," speaks with former Senate candidate Theresa Greenfield.

Deidre Dejear speaks with former Senate candidate Theresa Greenfield in the Drake neighborhood. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

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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