Republicans Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today submitted 10,745 petition signatures from all 99 Iowa counties, assuring their names will be on the 2014 ballot.
Branstad and Reynolds submitted their petition signatures for the Iowa gubernatorial race to the Iowa Secretary of State’s office in the state Capitol building. Campaign officials said the number of signatures was nearly three times the requirement of 3,654, and Branstad-Reynolds team surpassed the signature requirements in each of Iowa's 99 counties.
"Our team is building the best grassroots organization in Iowa Republican history, and these petition numbers demonstrate that we are doing just that," said Jake Ketzner, the Branstad-Reynolds campaign manager. "From Lee County to Lyon County, the strength of our supporters can be felt in thousands of precincts across the state."
Branstad thanked his backers for their show of support and said he is inspired by Iowans’ stories and energy as he visits all 99 counties each year. He said he is encouraged that Iowans support the Branstad-Reynolds plan to create jobs, make Iowa's schools the best in the nation and let Iowans keep more of their own income by lowering taxes.
“I plan for this to be my strongest campaign yet and we are well on our way to achieving that goal,” he said.Reynolds added that the thousands of Iowans who have placed their names on nominating petitions “are telling us they want to see four more years of the policies that have helped families and businesses grow and thrive here.”