Well that was fast: A day after Ed Fallon drops the news that state Rep. Wayne Ford is "secretly" retiring, and after some no-comments from Ford himself, the news release:
Representative Wayne Ford announced today that he will not seek reelection to a eighth term in the Iowa House of Representatives...
And simultaneously reaching my inbox:
Former Iowa Teacher of the Year and Des Moines drama teacher Ruth Ann Gaines announced today that she would seek election to the Iowa House of epresentatives in District 65 to succeed State Representative Wayne Ford, who has announced his retirement.
“After four decades of educating our kids, I understand the challenges facing our community today. Despite these tough times, we cannot give up on any Iowa child. Each one deserves a quality education, stable home, and quality health care,” said Gaines.