Aide says Vilsack won’t run for governor in 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Governor Tom Vilsack will not run again for Iowa’s top job in 2014.

A spokesman for the U.S. agriculture secretary and two-term Democratic governor says Wednesday that Vilsack has decided against a run. Matt Paul says Vilsack considered the race but enjoys his current role.

Vilsack took the job in January 2009. He was governor from 1999 through 2007. He announced in January that he accepted President Barack Obama’s offer to stay on for the second term, which ends in January 2017.

Republican Gov. Terry Branstad has not announced plans to run for re-election, though he is widely expected to do so. On the Democratic side, state Sen. Jack Hatch, of Des Moines, is exploring a run and state Rep. Tyler Olson, of Cedar Rapids, is also considering it.

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