Sen. Jack Hatch from Des Moines announced on Monday that he will be running for Governor.
Hatch, a democrat, has served as a senator for the past 11 years.
Ottumwa was his first stop Tuesday morning following his official gubernatorial announcement and the City of Bridges is no stranger to Hatch.
Around 25 years ago Hatch started a business with an office in Ottumwa that helped find people jobs.
Hatch said he wants to focus more on the people and the small businesses that make up Iowa.
â??Well Iâ??d change to the economic direction of the economic development committee from a top-down approach to a bottom-up approach. We'll be sending and developing local economic development councils so that people in the areas, whether it's a region or one county or city will be able to tell us what they want to drive and create economic growth,â?? said Sen. Hatch.
Hatch said he thinks Gov. Branstand has one goal and thatâ??s to be the longest-serving governor.