A Democratic former U.S. Attorney will launch a campaign to unseat Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), The Quad-City Times reported today.
Roxanne Conlin, who served as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa from 1977 to 1981, will announce her candidacy next week, a senior adviser to the former prosecutor told the newspaper. She will challenge former state Sen. Tom Fiegen, former state Rep. Bob Krause and frequent candidate Sal Mohamed in the 2010 Democratic primary.
The former prosecutor was the Democratic nominee for Iowa governor in 1982. Conlin has been in private practice since 1983. She is a partner at Des Moines law firm Roxanne Conlin & Associates.
“I never thought I’d run again,” Conlin told The Des Moines Register when she was considering a Senate run. She added: “But in my lifetime, I don’t ever want to say, ‘If only I had followed my dream or followed my heart.’”