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Ras Smith has announced he is running for governor of Iowa, in 2022.

33-year-old Democratic candidate Ras Smith has announced he is running for governor of Iowa, in...
33-year-old Democratic candidate Ras Smith has announced he is running for governor of Iowa, in 2022.(WGEM)
Updated: Jun. 15, 2021 at 3:38 PM CDT
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WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) -- Democratic State Representative Ras Smith has announced he is running for governor of Iowa, in 2022.

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The 33-year-old Democratic candidate will hold a kick-off event at the Riverloop Amphitheatre Tuesday evening. Doors open at 4:30 and the event will start at 5.

Smith is the first candidate to declare a campaign for governor. Governor Kim Reynolds has not officially announced if she’ll seek reelection.

Smith was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives in 2016, and is a founding member of the Legislative Black Caucus. He represents Iowa House District 62, which covers the northern portion of Black Hawk County.

According to his Iowa House biography, Smith graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and a Master’s degree in Youth and Human Services. He serves on the Executive Advisory Committee for UNI, is an Executive Board member of the Urban Agriculture Institute and Executive Board member of the YMCA of Black Hawk County.

Smith currently serves as the Ranking member for the House Education Committee as well as the Chairman of the Iowa Legislative Black Caucus.  According to his bio, Smith has been an advocate for; workers’ rights, social justice, education reform and has passed legislation to address police brutality, decreasing barriers to small business opportunities, in addition to creating alternative pathways for high school completion.

To read more about Smith’s campaign for governor, click here.

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