Democratic voting activist explores running for Governor makes stop in Ottumwa

Published: Jul. 16, 2021 at 6:36 AM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - A new Democratic candidate could join the race for Iowa Governor.

Voting Rights Activist Deidre DeJear is exploring the running for the state’s highest position and stopped in Ottumwa as part of her conversation tour.

DeJear visited Coal Palace Cafe to speak to local residents.

She heard from residents about the changes they’d like to see along with issues they want to be fixed like broadband, schooling, and livable wages.

When asked what her main priorities would be if elected as Governor she says education and preparing children for the future.

“But also making sure they are set up for tomorrow’s jobs. If they want to go to technical school after high school, if they want to go right into a job, if they want to go to college, our education system should be preparing them to do that.”

Ras Smith, who is another Democrat, announced his candidacy last month.

However, Governor Kim Reynolds has not announced if she’s running for re-election.

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