I deeply appreciate the opportunity to visit with and learn from my fellow Iowans as I campaigned for Governor this past year. Our state is very diverse – demographically, politically, economically, culturally, and physically – but also very united in common beliefs and concerns. Iowans seek high-quality education that provides opportunity, not disrespected teachers and unaffordable tuition. Iowans expect an efficient and effective government that helps people, not mismanagement that focuses on corporate profits. Iowans demand policy that is fair and equitable, not stacked in favor of the rich and big business. Iowans want leaders who have the necessary skills and share their values, not incompetent pushovers and right-wing ideological extremists.

While I believe that I would be a very effective Governor, providing the experienced, passionate and innovative leadership Iowa desperately needs, it is clear to me that I am not a very effective candidate for Governor, and I have not garnered the support to justify continuing my campaign. I therefore will not file to be on the June primary ballot. I thank everyone who gave me advice and support and criticism this past year, and I vow to continue to fight for economic and social justice. Ted Kennedy’s words still ring true: “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die.”