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More Early Candidacy Announcements in Election Season 2014

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Another man has thrown his hat in the ring to run against Terry Branstad for Iowa Governor in 2014. State Representative and former state Democratic party Chair Tyler Olson announced his candidacy Tuesday.

This is just the latest in a string of candidates coming forward to run for office in Iowa, Illinois, and on the federal level.

The field of candidates is filling out already for many offices and there is still more than a year to go until Election Day 2014.

If it feels a little overwhelming to you, you are certainly not alone. A lot of us are feeling like election season just begins earlier and earlier every time.

"It's tough," said Mike Steffen, Rock Island County GOP Chairman. "People have families and lives and they don't like to be bothered. But, keep in mind the candidates have a similar problem, they don't like to do all this work either."

"Really, that's the price we pay in a democratic republic," he added.

The work for many candidates is just beginning. There's a long way to go to get to Election Day 2014.

"For most of us that pay attention to elections when it's close to election day, a couple of months out, July of the previous year feels like it's pretty early, but if you're in the political game, this is the season for announcing," Dr. Stephen Klien, professor of Communication Studies at Augustana College, explained.

For one thing, Dr. Klien said, announcing now gets a candidate's name out there.

"Any candidate that announces at this stage is going to have an opportunity to spend more time connecting with voters, more time connecting with organizations and donors," he said.

And, it's those donors that make announcing early a tempting plan for so many candidates. It just makes dollars and sense.

"In today's market, so to speak, in politics, you have to raise an awful lot of money and it takes quite a bit of time to raise those kind of dollars," Roxanna Moritz, Scott County Elections Commissioner, said.

"If you don't have the money in the bank to run advertisements and to set up campaign organizations, a campaign goes nowhere," said Klien.

The TV ads generally won't start until this fall - and then, they'll be mostly for the candidates facing primary challenges early next year.

And, at this point candidates are targeting the most politically engaged voters anyway.

"Most people most of the time aren't going to pay a whole lot of attention to this until September or October of next year," Klien said.

That leaves more than a year of campaigning to get there, and more than a year to make sure you're registered to vote.

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