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One year since Gov. Reynolds took office

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Gov. Kim Reynolds addresses a crowd at the Iowa State Capitol after being sworn in on May 24, 2017 Gov. Kim Reynolds addresses a crowd at the Iowa State Capitol after being sworn in on May 24, 2017
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Today marks one year since Kim Reynolds was sworn in as Iowa's governor, and the milestone comes as the politician is in a race to try and retain her spot in the state's highest political office.

On May 24, 2017, Reynolds made history in becoming the 43rd governor in the Iowa's 171-year history. She's also first woman to serve as governor in the state's history.

Reynolds stepped into the governor's office after serving as Iowa's Lieutenant Governor from 2011 through 2017, but moved up after the former governor Terry Branstad accepted and was confirmed as President Trump's Ambassador to China.

The first legislative session under Gov. Reynolds' tenure has now concluded, and it included lawmakers passing a new abortion law considered one of the strictest in the country. The law includes a six-week abortion ban, which bans most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. 

Gov. Reynolds will run unopposed this fall within the Republican Party, following a controversial omission of former Cedar Rapids mayor Ron Corbett from the primary ballot, but will face challengers from the Democratic and Libertarian parties.

The Democratic field is a crowded one in the primary race, but did lose one candidate on Thursday, after Nate Boulton withdrew from contention. Earlier this week, three women came forward accusing Boulton of sexual misconduct in an interview with the Des Moines Register. There are still five candidates vying for the party's nomination.

The primary election is now less than two weeks away, coming up on June 5, while this year's general election will happen on Tuesday, November 6.

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