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DeSantis Notches 24 Additional Iowa Endorsements After Debate Victory

State-level endorsements follow historic backing from Governor Kim Reynolds, growing list of grassroots support

Tallahassee, FL - November 10, 2023

Following a historic endorsement from Governor Kim Reynolds and a debate victory earlier this week, Ron DeSantis added 24 state-level endorsements in Iowa from 20 different counties, a testament to his growing momentum in the Hawkeye State.

DeSantis, who is back on the campaign trail in Iowa today, has the support of 41 current state legislators, as well as 120 county chairs across the state. He is the only candidate who is committed to completing the “Full Grassley” tour by visiting all 99 counties and has spent time in 88 so far.

"I know that Iowa's farmers and producers deserve a candidate that can fight our battles in Washington. The Republican Party needs a candidate that will bring the party together and win, and I believe Ron DeSantis is that person and that is why I have endorsed him," said Craig Hill, Past President of the Iowa Farm Bureau.

He is a fit, mentally sharp, energetic candidate and would be eligible for a second term unlike President Donald Trump. The country is weary of the chaos that would mark another Trump term. In my opinion, DeSantis is the best Republican candidate to win the presidency. I hope my friends will support him in the Iowa caucuses as I will,” said former Iowa Congressman Greg Ganske.

A list of the new endorsements is below:

  • Former Congressman Greg Ganske (Polk)
  • Craig Hill, Past President of the Iowa Farm Bureau (Warren)
  • Steve Cundiff, Deputy Sheriff (Clinton)
  • Tim Fridolph, City Councilman (Montgomery)
  • Jean Gross, Secretary of Delaware County GOP (Delaware)
  • Bob Hager, Former State Representative (Allamakee)
  • Barbara Hovland, President of Northern IA Republican Women* (Cerro Gordo)
  • Michael Kaldenberg, Co-Chair of Jasper County GOP (Jasper)
  • Steve Knapp, County Supervisor (Ringgold)
  • Charles Lazenby, Keosauqua City Council (Van Buren)
  • Jeff Madlom, County Supervisor (Delaware)
  • Jeromy Mouw, Spirit Lake School Board (Dickinson)
  • Scott Nelson, County Attorney (Dubuque)
  • Jill Ozuna, County Auditor (Montgomery)
  • Ray Peterson, County Supervisor (Clayton)
  • Tim Recker, Past President of Iowa Corn (Fayette)
  • Richard Rogers, Board Member, Iowa Firearms Coalition (Polk)
  • Tim Schmidt, Mayor of Garner (Hancock)
  • Karen Schuster, Longtime GOP Activist (Polk)
  • Ron Slagle, Police Officer, Veteran, Co-founder of Honor and Respect (Linn)
  • Kathy Smith, Wife of slain Law Enforcement Officer Sgt. Jim Smith (Buchanan)
  • Brant Smothers, Former Poweshiek County GOP Chair (Poweshiek)
  • Kyle Stecker, County Supervisor (Kossuth)
  • Sandy Wieser, Shelby County GOP Secretary (Shelby)

*Title for identification purposes only

DeSantis boasts over 330 state-level endorsements, more than any other candidate in the race, in an impressive show of the strength and grassroots enthusiasm DeSantis is building across the country.