It’s official: Patty Judge is running for the U.S. Senate.
The Democratic former Iowa lieutenant governor and secretary of agriculture confirmed her intention to seek the seat long held by Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley in an interview with The Des Moines Register on Friday morning.
“I’m excited to be joining this race,” she said.
The announcement caps a frenzied week that began with Judge acknowledging she was considering a challenge to Grassley and continued Thursday with off-the-record sources confirming that she actually would.
Judge, 72, told the Register that her long political experience and rural perspective matched up favorably with Grassley, and predicted she would have the resources to mount a viable campaign.