Charles City, Iowa – A Democrat who’s a 42-year-old veteran of the Iraq War has formed an “exploratory committee” — his first step toward officially launching a campaign for governor. Todd Prichard of Charles City is currently in his fifth year as a state representative.
Prichard says his goal as governor would be to help more “regular Iowans” land in the middle class.
Prichard points to Branstad’s 2010 campaign promise to raise the average income of Iowans by 25 percent.
Prichard is a small town attorney who also had a career in the military. That means his bio is similar to successful statewide candidates like former Governor Tom Vilsack, who was an attorney in Mount Pleasant, and U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, an Iowa National Guard veteran. Prichard is pitching himself as someone who can provide “fresh” leadership for the state.
Prichard has assembled a team of advisors with statewide campaign experience and secured the services of key consultants who worked on President Obama’s successful campaigns in Iowa in 2008 and 2012. A few other Democrats have expressed an interest in running for governor, so Prichard would most likely face a Democratic Primary in June of 2018. Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds will soon take over as governor once her Republican colleague Terry Branstad leaves to serve as U.S. Ambassador to China. Reynolds has already raised more than a million dollars for a race for governor and has signaled she intends to ask next year’s voters to elect her to a four-year term.