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CHARLES CITY — State Rep. Todd Prichard, a Democratic Iraq War veteran and lawyer, will announce his candidacy for governor today in Charles City.

Prichard, who was elected to the Legislature in 2013, will join a growing field of Democrats seeking their party’s nomination.

The 42-year-old, who grew up in Davenport, has been exploring a campaign for weeks. He said working for higher wages and an expanding middle class will guide his efforts.

Prichard said he would focus on improving educational opportunities, including a state program to pay for community college costs that aren’t covered by other financial assistance programs. He also says he would push for a higher minimum wage and redirect state incentives to parts of the state he says haven’t received enough. He cited an $18 million state incentive to help move a corporate headquarters two years ago from West Des Moines to Des Moines. “We’re not investing resources into the rest of Iowa,” he said.

With 13 months to go before the primary, the Democratic field is growing. Former Iowa Democratic Party Chair Andy McGuire, former Iowa DNR Director Rich Leopold, Sen. Nate Boulton and former Des Moines School Board President Jon Neiderbach have all launched campaigns.

John Norris, who was a top aide to former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, and Des Moines businessman Fred Hubbell also are considering running. There are others said to be thinking about it, too.

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