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Iowa: Democrat Sherzan Announces Bid in 3rd District

Businessman Mike Sherzan, a Democrat, announced Monday that he will run for Iowa’s 3rd District in what could be an open-seat race next year.

“I look forward to meeting with people all across Iowa, working together to begin to break through the old Washington ways, and instead solving problems to move Iowa forward – together,” Sherzan said in a statement.

The seat is currently held by Republican Rep. Tom Latham, who has indicated interest in running for retiring Sen. Tom Harkin’s seat next year. Latham defeated Rep. Leonard L. Boswell, a Democrat, in a targeted member-vs.-member battle last year.

The Des Moines-based, southwestern Iowa district is competitive terrain. President Barack Obama won the 3rd District in 2012, and it will be among the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s top targets in 2014.

House Democrats have been courting Sherzan to run for the seat. He was one of at least three recruits in Washington, D.C., on the weekend of Obama’s inauguration to meet with DCCC Chairman Steve Israel of New York, and he attend the committee’s inaugural luncheon at the Italian Embassy.

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