Two long-time state officeholders are seeking re-election in November, and so is the rookie State Auditor. Republican State Auditor Dave Vaudt is touring the state to announce he will seek re-election to a second term. Vaudt, who is a C-P-A, took office in January of 2003 and has been the only Republican in the past four years to hold a statewide office.
Attorney General Tom Miller and State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald both thought about running for governor, but the two have decided to seek re-election to their current jobs instead. Both are Democrats and both have held their posts for 23 years. The three other statewide elected officials in Iowa are the governor, the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Agriculture. Governor Tom Vilsack’s not seeking re-election and Secretary of State Chet Culver asked Ag Secretary Patty Judge to be his runningmate as Culver tries to succeed Vilsack as governor.