The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

December 18, 2013

Olson quits 2014 race for governor


Associated Press

---- — DES MOINES (AP) — Democratic state Rep. Tyler Olson says he is dropping out of the 2014 race for governor.

Olson made the announcement Tuesday, about two weeks after acknowledging that he and his wife planned to divorce and that he would scale back his campaign for the rest of the year. The couple live in Cedar Rapids and have two young children.

Olson says he needs to focus on his children.

The 37-year-old Olson is one of at least two Democrats running for governor. He’s in his fourth term in the state House and is the former chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party.

Olson recently won the endorsement of Iowa’s largest union.

The Democratic nominee likely will face Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, who is expected to seek re-election.