Northey plans to run again for Iowa secretary of agriculture

2013-07-19T09:46:00Z Northey plans to run again for Iowa secretary of agricultureBy Gene Lucht Iowa Farmer Today Iowa Farmer Today
July 19, 2013 9:46 am  • 

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced this past week he will run for re-election in 2014.

Northey, a Spirit Lake Republican, was first elected Iowa secretary of agriculture in 2006, defeating Democrat Denise O’Brien of Atlantic. He was re-elected in 2010, when he beat Francis Thicke, an organic farmer from Fairfield. With the announcement Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, would retire next year there were rumors Northey would run for the Senate or seek the governorship if incumbent Republican Terry Branstad chose to not seek re-election.

Northey says the choice to run again for ag secretary seemed like the best choice.

“First of all,” he says, “I like what I’m doing. We have a lot of things we want to do yet . . . We have this water-quality initiative that is a pretty big deal and I certainly feel an obligation to follow through on that.”

No Democrats have announced plans to challenge Northey.

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