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.