(Not a) Surprise! Vaudt to seek reelection

State Auditor Dave Vaudt held a news conference in his statehouse office this afternoon and announced he will seek reelection in 2010 rather than run for governor.  Click here to read the Radio Iowa story and listen to Vaudt's announcement.

The other statewide Republican officeholder — Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey — has said he'll decide sometime this summer whether he'll run for governor, but Northey's "leaning" toward seeking reelection to the job of ag secretary. 

State Representative Christopher Rants (R-Sioux City) is another on the "make a decision this summer" list.  Bob Vander Plaats of Sioux City, a two-time GOP candidate, has formed an exploratory committee and been acting like a three-time candidate for a few months. State Representative Rod Roberts (R-Carroll) is said to be mulling a bid, too, although he did not reply to an email I sent him earlier this spring on the matter. There are others sending up trial ballons, like agribusinessman Bruce Rastetter.

Just in case you missed it, Democrat Chet Culver – the first-term governor – has indicated he intends to seek a second term.

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O. Kay Henderson is the news director of Radio Iowa.