State Rep. Todd Prichard enters gubernatorial race, calls for ‘free’ community college

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Des Moines, Iowa – State Representative Todd Prichard is formally entering the Democratic race for governor this morning with an appearance in his hometown of Charles City. He’s also proposing “free” community college tuition for all Iowans as the centerpiece of his campaign.

Prichard calls it the “last dollar” scholarship.

The state of Arkansas is spending about eight-MILLION dollars on its program this year.

Prichard says the State of Iowa cannot afford to lag behind other states when it comes to preparing a skilled workforce.

Prichard’s proposal of “free” community college would only be available to Iowa high school graduates or Iowa residents returning to school for a degree or technical certificate.

Prichard, a 42-year-old lawyer, was a company commander in the Iowa National Guard and served about 16 months in Iraq. He’s been a member of the Iowa House for the past five years. After his 9 a.m. news conference at Aromas coffee shop in Charles City, Prichard will make stops in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines.