Former Governor Tom Vilsack will not run again for Iowa's top job in 2014.
Matt Paul, spokesman for the U.S. agriculture secretary and two-term Democratic governor says Vilsack considered the race, but has decided against a run.
Sue Dvorsky, former chair of the Iowa Democratic Party, says she's not surprised by Vilsack's decision:
Vilsack took the job in January 2009. He was governor from 1999 through 2007. He announced in January that he accepted President Barack Obama's offer to stay on for the second term, which ends in January 2017.
Sally Pederson, his Lt. Governor during his time as governor, understands Vilsack's decision:
Republican Governor Terry Branstad has not announced plans to run for re-election, though he is expected to do so.
On the Democratic side, State Senator Jack Hatch, of Des Moines and State Representative Tyler Olson, of Cedar Rapids, are considering a run.