SIOUX CITY | Another prominent Democratic elected official from Sioux City metro has endorsed Fred Hubbell in the 2018 governor race, as state Rep. Chris Hall took that step Monday morning.

Back in September, Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott and Woodbury County Auditor Pat Gill announced their support for Hubbell, a retired Des Moines businessman.

The Hubbell campaign in a release announced the endorsement of Hall, who has served in the Iowa House since 2011. Hall said proven leadership is needed, as Iowa faces a "severe budget crisis" under the leadership of Gov. Kim Reynolds.

“Iowa needs a governor who will restore integrity to Iowa’s budget, and will invest in people first — supporting local communities, restoring funding for classrooms and expanding access to affordable health care — to get Iowa’s economy growing," Hall said.

"Fred’s decades of experience in business and public service give him the right decision making skills and relationships to lead this state."

Hubbell, a philanthropist and Democratic campaign donor who has been involved in multiple business ventures in Iowa, including life insurance and retail firms, said he is gratified to have Hall's support.

“I look forward to working hand-in-hand with Representative Hall to prioritize Iowa’s budget to local communities, to get Iowa growing from the ground up," Hubbell said.

Other Democratic candidates have announced endorsements as the campaign advances toward a June primary vote that will determine the party's nominee. The candidates include Cathy Glasson, Jon Neiderbach, Andy McGuire, Nate Boulton, John Norris and Ross Wilburn.

Boulton was in Sioux City on Sunday to accept the endorsement of the Sioux City Firefighters Association, Local 7.

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