Knoxville — Publisher Jonathan Narcisse of Des Moines unsuccessfully ran a campaign for the Governor's Office in 2010 as an independent. This year, he is giving it another chance as he seeks the Democratic Party nomination.
Narcisse told the Journal-Express that his decision to try again had to meet three criteria. He wanted to ensure that he would be able to build a statewide organization, raise enough money to compete and if he believes he can win. When Rep. Tyler Olson dropped out of the race, Narcisse thought it created an opportunity for him.
"If I were looking at a head-to-head matchup with Tyler Olson, I wouldn't be in this race," Narcisse said.
He called the 2010 race a "learning experience," and he has made adjustments to his campaign strategy in the hopes of becoming more successful. Sen. Jack Hatch is the other Democrat seeking the party's nomination for Governor, but Narcisse believes that Hatch is vulnerable. A Des Moines Register Iowa Poll in December showed that Hatch was actually trailing Bob Krause, though Krause has shifted his focus to a 2016 US Senate run.
"I can beat Jack and I can be the nominee for the Democratic Party," Narcisse said. He realizes that politics can be difficult and that some larger media outlets, while serving on the Des Moines School Board, spent time focusing on personal issues and not policies. Nevertheless, Narcisse sees himself as a "protector" for Iowans and believes the Governor should be the one looking out for the people of Iowa.
Narcisse seeks to restore Iowa's government, economy and education. He wants to make appointments based upon qualifications and not cronyism or nepotism, as he says he has seen in government.
In regard to improving the economy of Iowa, and the lives of Iowans, Narcisse believes that taxes are too high, too much taxpayer money is handed out and those who work are being forced to pay for pet projects and paybacks.