The head of Iowa’s agriculture department, long considered a possible contender to run for governor in 2018, is bowing out of consideration.
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says he had begun to explore a run for governor under the premise there might be an open seat if Gov. Terry Branstad finished his current term and didn’t seek re-election.
Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will take over, making her an incumbent if she chooses to run for governor.
Northey says he encourages Republicans to back Reynolds and ensure her election in 2018.
She will soon become Iowa’s first female governor.