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Update: Olson announces gubernatorial run

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State Representative Tyler Olson, 37, of Cedar Rapids announced Tuesday he'll run for governor in 2014. He is the first Democrat to officially announce a run.

Olson, a sixth-generation Iowan, six year legislator, and Cedar Rapids small business owner greeted supporters at his business Tuesday morning.

The former head of the Iowa Democratic Party says the state needs new leadership that understands a changing world and economy.

Olson referenced the need to create new policies for small businesses and education as key components of his vision for the state- a future he feels good about.

"I really am optimistic about our chances in the future," Olson said.  "I think we have a lot of opportunity for growth, but it just needs a fresh perspective and some new leadership, and I think I've got the experience and energy to lead us into the next 30 years."

Governor Terry Branstad responded to Olson's announcement releasing the following statement:

"Tyler Olson was always eagerly waiting in the Iowa House to pass former Gov. Chet Culver's big debt and spend plans. Whether it was the failed $1.7 billion I-JOBS debt plan or billion dollar state budget deficits, Tyler was there as Culver's debt cheerleader rooting for more debt, larger government and reckless spending."

Branstad has yet to formally announce his intentions for 2014. 

Iowa's governor says he has the money and staff in place for a potential re-election run.


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