Des Moines lawyer Roxanne Conlin will file organizational papers with the Federal Election Commission next week, her spokesman said today, meaning she will seek the Democratic Party's nomination to run against U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley next year.
Conlin already had said she would likely run. But the filing next week will remove any doubt, said Mark Daley. The filing "moves her from more than likely to definitely," he said.
Conlin will join two other Democrats in the race. Former state Sen. Tom Fiegen and ex-state Rep. Bob Krause of Fairfield already have said they'll seek the party's nod.
Conlin also is in the midst of putting together a campaign.
The filing also indicates that she has been moving on the financial front. Generally, one is considered a candidate and an organizational filing is required when $5,000 is raised or spent.
"It's safe to say we're within this window," Daley said.
Conlin, who is personally wealthy, has said it will take $5 million to $6 million to run a competitive campaign. Other news reports have said she plans to raise $10 million.
Grassley reported having $4.4 million in the bank at the end of September.
It's not clear yet when Conlin will hit the campaign trail. Daley said she plans to do so "soon," but a schedule hasn't been drafted.