WATERLOO — Iowa Sen. Jeff Danielson, D-Waterloo, said it wasn’t a hard decision to endorse Iowa businessman Fred Hubbell in his bid for the Democratic nomination for governor among a large field of candidates.

“The Democrats need Fred Hubbell at the top of the ticket in 2018 if we hope to win, and win everywhere in Iowa,” Danielson said.

Danielson said he sees himself as one of the few Democrats who won in a competitive district in 2016, so he knows that whoever the Democrats nominate in the June 2018 primary has to be able to repeat that success. And, for Danielson, Hubbell is that person.

He said the message that will help Hubbell be successful in “every corner” in Iowa is simply encouraging economic growth, investing in education, affordable health care, balancing a budget, and supporting public safety officials.

“I think this constant focus on interest groups and identity politics is not the way to do it,” Danielson said.

Danielson, whose Senate District 30 includes parts of Waterloo and Cedar Falls and all of Hudson, believes Hubbell’s message will be both appealing to Democrats in the primary and across the political spectrum in the general election.

Hubbell has found a growing base of support in the Cedar Valley, counting among his supporters former Democratic representatives Deborah Berry, Doris Kelley and Jane Teaford as well. Iowa Sen. Bill Dotzler, D-Waterloo, has endorsed Democratic candidate Nate Boulton for governor.

Danielson joins Iowa Sen. Matt McCoy, D-Des Moines, as the two current senators to have endorsed Hubbell.

“I am very excited to have Jeff on our team,” Hubbell said in a statement. “He is a smart and dedicated leader who has relentlessly fought to make our state more just and our government more efficient in the Senate. Jeff will be a great asset, and I look forward to working closely with him in the coming months on our campaign.”

Hubbell, who also has led the Iowa Power Fund, is one of seven Democratic candidates in the primary race. The others are Ross Wilburn, a former mayor of Iowa; Nate Boulton, a state senator from Des Moines; Andy McGuire, former Iowa Democratic Party chair; John Norris, a former aide to Sen. Tom Harkin and Gov. Tom Vilsack; Jon Neiderbach, former Des Moines School Board chair; and Cathy Glasson, president of SEIU Local 199.

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