Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds announced last Wednesday, Jan. 15 that they will seek re-election. Gov. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds and leaders from across the state gathered last week for the Building Iowa’s Future tour to discuss the accomplishments seen under the leadership of Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds, and share their vision for building Iowa’s future.

At the Hy-Vee Conference Center on Wednesday night (Jan. 15), Branstad said, "Growing up on the farm in Winnebago County at the end of a long day of work, my dad would say, ‘We didn’t get much done, but we will give it heck tomorrow.’ With that same commitment to hard work and focus on the future, and my commitment to job creation and opportunities for Iowa’s families, tonight I announce my intention to seek re-election as governor of Iowa!

"It has been an honor as your governor, but there is more work to be done. As I visit all 99 Iowa counties, Iowans who tell me their stories, share their dreams and look to the future with hope. I am energized. I am encouraged to dream bigger. I pledge to you tonight that I will continue to work hard to build a brighter future for all Iowans. A future we can build. A future we must build. A future we will build. Together."

Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds introduced Gov. Branstad at the event, saying, "In 2010, Governor Branstad and I ran for office with the mission of leading Iowa’s comeback. Iowans’ voices were heard on Election Day 2010. Your message was clear: Build a future with fiscal stability leading to bountiful economic opportunity for Iowans in every corner of the state. Build a future where Iowa’s children again get a world-class education. Build a future where family incomes grow, taxes are low and the size and cost of government is reduced. Build a future Iowa can be proud of.

"Together, we’ve done just that. Iowa’s unemployment rate has dropped to the fifth-lowest rate in the nation at 4.4 percent. Over 130,000 jobs have been created, putting us well on our way to reaching our goal of creating 200,000 jobs in five years. Businesses are growing and investing in Iowa because we’ve gotten our fiscal house in order. Transformational education reform is in place for our children to prepare to enter the globally competitive job market. Across Iowa, STEM curriculum is giving Iowa’s youth the tools they need for the jobs of tomorrow. Iowa’s future is bright, thanks to the leadership, courage and experience of Governor Branstad."