State Ag Secretary Bill Northey says he is "getting close" to a decision about his political future and it could be just "days" 'til he decides whether he'll run for the U.S. Senate.
Republican Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds announced on Tuesday that she has decided against a bid for the senate seat now held by Democrat Tom Harkin.
Northey says it's come down to "family and personal issues" rather than political considerations for him.
Republican Congressman Steve King says he is "still on the bubble" about a run for the senate. Northey says he "loves" his current role as the state's top agricultural officie, but running for the senate is a "tremendous opportunity."
One consideration for Northey is his farming operation. He still works the ground on his farm near Spirit Lake, land that's been in the family since the 1930s and Northey says it wouldn't be easy to walk away from that.
Northey says he is approaching this decision with his "eyes wide open" and full knowledge of the time committment that's required.
Northey is 53 years old. He was elected state ag secretary 10 years ago. His present term expires in 2014. Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley announced in early February that he was running for the senate.
He's raised over a million dollars since then and this past weekend Senator Harkin said Braley had "emerged" as the Democrats' nominee, with a clear path to his party's senate nomination.
Northey says if Congressman King runs, King will "clear the field" of all other Republicans, including Northey.
Contributed By Learfield Communications