A photojournalist in Iowa will be Iowa’s next governor.
A photojournalism professor and longtime Iowa Democrat who was on the board of directors for the Iowa Democratic Party told The Hill that he will seek to become the next Democratic governor.
Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Rob Quist said Tuesday that state party chairwoman Julie Acker will take over for former Democratic Party executive director Joe Sperling, who stepped down amid sexual harassment allegations.
Iowa Democrats were hoping for a woman to take over in a special election in 2018, but a special Senate election in 2019 would be their only opportunity to choose a new Democratic governor, leaving the door open for a Democratic candidate to enter the 2020 race.
Iowa is a swing state, with Democrats holding a narrow advantage in the presidential race.
The state party said Tuesday it has raised $1.3 million to help finance its candidates for the 2020 governor’s race.
The Iowa Democratic Governors Association is expected to release a formal campaign finance report later this week.
Quist has been in politics for more than 40 years.
He has served as Iowa’s state party chairman since 2016.
He was previously a state party director in Iowa for more and a deputy director for three years.