With the primary election still over a year away, two Republicans and one Democrat have announced their intentions to seek Iowa's 1st Congressional District seat in 2014.
Meanwhile, State Senator Steve?Sodders (D-State Center) who earlier announced he was exploring a run for Congress said he would not be in the race for the nomination.
Sodders represents Tama, Marshall and a portion of Black Hawk counties in the Senate.
The announcements are spurred by incumbent Congressman Bruce Braley (D-Waterloo) decision to seek the Democrat nomination for U.S. Senate for the seat now held by retiring Senator Tom Harkin.
In the race for the Republican nomination are Rod Blum, Dubuque, and Steve Rathje, Cedar Rapids.
State Senator Patrick Murphy, Dubuque, is seeking the Democrat nomination.
Blum was in the race for the GOP?nomination in 2012 which was won by Independence attorney Ben Lange.
Lange lost in the General Election to Braley.
There have been no formal announcements of candidates seeking the Republican nod for U.S. Senate.