DES MOINES – State Rep. Jodi Tymeson, state chair of Bob Vander Plaats’ gubernatorial campaign, filed nomination papers with the Iowa Secretary of State’s office this morning to place the Sioux City businessman’s name on the ballot for the June 8 Republican primary election. Late today, an elections official said the petitions had been accepted for certification.
Today is the first day that candidates may submit nomination petitions to put their names on the ballot. Vander Plaats’ petitions included 4,766 signatures and 28 qualified counties. Gubernatorial candidates are required to receive signatures equal to 1 percent of their party’s vote total in the 2008 presidential election in at least 10 counties and 0.5 percent of their party’s statewide vote. Republican gubernatorial candidates must submit at least 3,412 signatures to secure a place on the ballot.
Vander Plaats, who has campaign appearances in Denison and Creston today, said in a prepared statement that Gov. Chet Culver’s mismanagement of the state budget and a string of other failures has “convinced Iowans to replace the first-term Democrat with a conservative Republican with a focused, aggressive agenda to open Iowa for business, create more quality private-sector jobs, make government more efficient and effective, reduce property taxes and create a culture of innovation and results in our public schools.”
He noted that many candidates submit their nomination petitions on the final possible day, which is March 19 this year.
“As I noted last week in challenging Terry Branstad and Rod Roberts to a series of debates, the outcome of a Republican primary has never been more important than it is this year. Republicans need a nominee who will step up and meet the challenges facing us. We chose to submit our petitions on the first eligible day so Iowans see I’m committed to this process and ready to lead,” Vander Plaats said. “I’m determined to be the nominee who leads a united Republican Party to victory in November.
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