Jack Hatch for Governor
Jack Hatch Launches Campaign for Governor
State Senator and builder highlights his “record of fighting and winning for hardworking middle-class Iowans”
DES MOINES – At a Des Moines news conference Monday, State Senator Jack Hatch (D-Des Moines) announced he will be a candidate for Governor of Iowa. With the announcement, Hatch brought an “exploratory” phase of his campaign to an end and formally entered the race for the June 2014 Democratic nomination to face Gov. Terry Branstad in next fall’s general election.
The news conference took place at an abandoned factory near downtown Des Moines that’s the site of one of Iowa’s worst environmental disasters. In the early 1980s, the DICO Corporation site was one of the original EPA Superfund sites. Des Moines’ drinking water was being poisoned by an industrial solvent called TCE before Hatch, a first-term legislator, and others stepped in to hold the company accountable for polluting the city’s drinking water.
From Sen. Hatch’s remarks as prepared for delivery:
“I stood up to those in power, including Governor Terry Branstad. I took on the large corporation that denied responsibility. I kept up the fight, and Iowans won. The company, against its will, was held accountable, and had to pay for the cleanup. The EPA then took the appropriate steps to protect the drinking water.”
In Iowa, we take care of our neighbors; we don’t wreck the resources we depend upon. In Iowa, the arrogance of the powerful is something we don’t accept. In Iowa, no one is above the law. This fight is why I decided to dedicate my life to public service.”
In remarks to gathered supporters, Hatch said he’s motivated to run by a long-held belief in accountability for those in power. From the prepared remarks:
“Everyday hardworking Iowans need a voice . a straight talker who knows no one is above the law. I’ve spent entire public career being that voice, and that’s why today I am announcing that I am a candidate for Governor of Iowa.”
Hatch also highlighted long fights and victories for Iowans on issues ranging from health care to education to small business tax rates. He said “the most important quality any candidate should bring to the race for Governor against Terry Branstad is a record of fighting and winning for hardworking middle-class Iowans.”
Hatch was joined at the event by his spouse, Sonja Roberts, and former Des Moines Mayor Preston Daniels. Daniels highlighted Hatch’s determination to stand up for Iowans against the powerful as a basis for his endorsement.
The Monday announcement tour includes stops in Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Mason City, Sioux City and Council Bluffs. Hatch, 62, is a Des Moines builder and community developer who has served more than 22 years in the Iowa legislature. The company he founded has built nearly $100 million in affordable housing in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines.
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