Prichard launches gubernatorial campaign

Rep. Todd Prichard, D-Charles City, speaks with supporters Tuesday morning at Aromas after announcing his candidacy for governor. — Photo by Chris Baldus

CHARLES CITY — Promising to be a governor for all Iowans, Rep. Todd Prichard, D-Charles City, launched his bid for Iowa governor Tuesday morning at Aromas coffee shop.

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A crowd fills Aromas in downtown Charles City on Tuesday to hear Rep. Todd Prichard announce his gubernatorial candidacy.

“I am running for governor to create economic growth across the entire state,” he was quoted on campaign literature dotting tables as he spoke. “We need to invest in our rural communities, increase wages for Iowa workers and provide free universal community college to grow Iowa’s economy. Our state needs new leadership with a bold vision to help all of us, including those that have left behind for too long.”

It was standing room only at Aromas in downtown Charles City as Prichard, 42, made his announcement.  After the event, he left with his team and family to begin a series of campaign stops across the state.

Click here for a list of campaign events.

Prichard and his wife, Ann, a public school teacher, have three children. They will accompany him to some campaign event, but not all, Ann Prichard said.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Todd Prichard is interviewed Tuesday at Aromas in Charles City by KIMT-TV.

Todd Prichard has served in the active Army, Iowa Army National Guard and is currently in the Army Reserve. He has been deployed overseas four times including as a company commander in Iraq. He is a three-term state representative, has a law office in Charles City, and has served as a prosecutor, defender and litigator for more than 10 years.

Video of announcement from Susan Nelson:

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