A Calhoun County man who describes himself as a ''straight up the middle Reagan conservative'' is trying to challenge Gov. Terry Branstad in this year's Republican primary election.
''If you're tired of the Republican status quo, let's look at doing something different,'' Tom Hoefling, of Lohrville, said Wednesday during a visit to Fort Dodge.
''I know a lot of conservatives who aren't happy with Branstad,'' he added. ''They're looking for someplace else to put their vote. A lot of people are angry with what's happening to the country and they blame establishment Republicans.''
Hoefling said he is now trying to obtain the roughly 3,600 petition signatures needed to get his name on the ballot for the June 3 primary. He said he is ''on track to get it done.''
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