State Senator Jeff Danielson e-mailed supporters Monday evening to announce,
I will not be seeking any office during the 2014 elections. I’ve received tremendous support and encouragement by Iowans from all walks of life to run for either Congress or statewide office. It’s been overwhelming for an Iowa kid from humble beginnings.
I have obligations to family, work and community here in the Cedar Valley that I enjoy and want to devote my energy to at this moment in time.
Thanks again for your continued support and I look forward to working with you to keep Iowa pro-growth & progressive for years to come.
Iowa’s first Congressional district covers 20 counties, including the Waterloo/Cedar Falls metro area in Black Hawk County. State Representative Pat Murphy of Dubuque was the first Democrat to announce his candidacy in that district, left open when Representative Bruce Braley decided to run for U.S. Senate. Cedar Rapids City Council Member Monica Vernon is a likely Democratic candidate, and former State Senator Swati Dandekar, also of Linn County, has formed an exploratory committee.