Iowa Gubernatorial Race

(AP) – Iowa Republican Governor Kim Reynolds won a second full term Tuesday defeating Democrat challenger Deidre DeJear.

(ABC 6 News) –  Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds and her Democratic challenger Deidre DeJear will face off in the race to become Iowa’s next governor on November 8.

Kim Reynolds (R)

Reynolds, 63, became Gov. in 2017 when former Gov. Terry Branstad left office to become Donald Trump’s ambassador to China. She narrowly beat Democrat Fred Hubbell by just under 3 percentage points in 2018 becoming the state’s first woman elected Governor.

She has three daughters and 11 grandchildren all who live in Iowa.

Reynolds is running on her record of cutting taxes and managing state finances, building up a billion dollar surplus in state funds, increasing access to behavioral and mental health care including the creation of Iowa’s first Children’s Mental Health System, and aggressive workforce policy initiatives that will ensure 70% of Iowans achieve training or education beyond high school by 2025.

Her priorities for Iowa are making Iowa an employment destination, improving access to child care, building Iowa’s healthcare workforce, providing educational choice and transparency for Iowa families, and growing renewable fuels among others things.

Reynolds supports elimination of most abortion rights while DeJear favors legislative action to make the right to an abortion law in Iowa.

To view more on Gov. Reynolds vision for Iowans, CLICK HERE.

Governor Kim Reynolds Coverage

Deidre DeJear (D)

DeJear, 36, is a small business owner and political organizer who ran for Secretary of State in 2018, becoming the first Black Iowan to be nominated for a statewide race. She lost to incumbent Republican Paul Pate.

She moved to Iowa from Oklahoma to attend Drake University graduating with a B.A. in Journalism. She co-founded the nonprofit “Back to School Iowa” to support youth to continue in their educational endeavors.

DeJear has been critical of the Republican controlled-government, saying Reynolds and GOP lawmakers are underfunding programs, including public schools and mental health services.

To view DeJear’s priorities and plans for Iowans, CLICK HERE.

Deidre DeJear Coverage

DeJear sought three debates, but Reynolds agreed to one. To watch the debate from October 17 on Iowa PBS, CLICK HERE.