Former Iowa Secretary of State and Cedar Rapids mayor Paul Pate announced Thursday he plans to seek the Republican nomination for Iowa Secretary of State in 2014.
“With Secretary Matt Schultz’s announced run for U.S. Congress, Iowa needs another proven leader who will protect their election process and serve the business community without political motives,” Pate said in a news release. “Iowans do not want nor can they afford to have the office of chief elections commissioner for the state occupied by a partisan political operative from either party. I have served the people of Iowa as Secretary of State and hold the experience to continue Secretary Schultz’s good stewardship of the office.”
Schultz, the current secretary of state, announced Thursday he plans to run for Tom Latham’s soon to be vacated U.S. House seat, representing Iowa’s Third District.
Pate is currently the President of Pate Asphalt Systems in Marion and served as Cedar Rapids mayor from 2002 to 2006. He previously served as Iowa Secretary of State from 1995 to 1999 and in the Iowa Senate from 1989 to 1995.