The Ottumwa Courier

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January 15, 2014

Branstad, Reynolds in Ottumwa today

OTTUMWA — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will be in Ottumwa Thursday as part of a 14-city tour across Iowa.

The state's top two elected officials began their tour Wednesday night at the Hy-Vee Conference Center in West Des Moines, where the Republican governor announced his bid for re-election. During the gatherings in several communities, Branstad and Reynolds will discuss accomplishments under their leadership and share their vision for building Iowa's future.

On Thursday, the duo plans to stop in Pella before visiting to Ottumwa. Branstad and Reynolds' scheduled stop in the city is planned for 11 a.m. at The Vine Coffeehouse, 1207 N. Jefferson St., Ottumwa.

Once leaving Ottumwa, they plan to travel to Fort Madison and Muscatine before ending the day in Davenport.

Other stops on their 14-day tour include Dubuque, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Mason City, Fort Dodge, Orange City, Sioux City and Council Bluffs.

Branstad was the youngest chief executive in Iowa's history when he was elected at age 36, and when he left office, was Iowa's longest-serving governor.

Prior to being re-elected to the state's top post again in 2011, he served as the president of Des Moines University. Reynolds was a former state senator representing Adams, Clarke, Decatur, Ringgold, Taylor and Union counties before being elected to the state's second-highest political post in 2011.

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