Tom Hoefling of Lohrville has announced his intention to enter the 2014 Republican primary race against incumbent Governor Terry Branstad.
Hoefling, the long-time conservative activist and organizer, enters the campaign as an anti-establishment outsider, having spent the last six years outside the GOP as a registered independent, and as the founder and chairman of the national America’s Party.
On the campaign’s newly-renovated website (http://www.tomhoefling.com), he says: “The Branstad era in Iowa is coming to an end soon. There is little doubt about that. The only real question is where we will choose to go from there. Will our longest-serving Governor be followed by a decade or more of liberal Democrat rule like the last time he left the executive office? Or, will he succeed at replacing himself with someone who represents the Republican status quo? I don’t think either outcome is acceptable. I believe the people of Iowa deserve a principled, practical alternative.”