WATERLOO, Iowa --- State Sen. Jeff Danielson, D-Waterloo, has announced he will not be running for any higher office next year.
Danielson had been mentioned as a possible candidate in 2014 for a number of positions, including the 1st Congressional District seat being vacated by Bruce Braley and governor.
On Monday morning, Danielson announced that he will not be running for any office in 2014. His senate seat does not expire until 2016.
“I’ve received tremendous support and encouragement by Iowans from all walks of life to run for either Congress or statewide office.
It’s been overwhelming for an Iowa kid from humble beginnings. I have obligations to family, work and community here in the Cedar Valley that I enjoy and want to devote my energy to at this moment in time,” Danielson wrote on Facebook.
Danielson’s Democratic Senate colleague, Jack Hatch, has been exploring a run for governor, and all indications show he will be in the race.
In the congressional race, former Iowa Speaker of the House Pat Murphy of Dubuque has already indicated he will run. Several other Democrats have shown an interest as well.
Just last week Iowa Democratic Party chairman Tyler Olson said he expected a congressional candidate would emerge from Black Hawk County, and most political observers believed Danielson to be the most likely candidate.
Danielson, a Cedar Falls firefighter, has served in the Iowa Senate since 2005.