SIOUX CITY | Two elected officials who live in Woodbury County have endorsed Fred Hubbell in the 2018 governor race, as Mayor Bob Scott and County Auditor Pat Gill on Thursday announced their support.

Hubbell is in wide field of Democratic candidates who are seeking the Iowa governor position. The Hubbell campaign in a release announced the endorsements of Gill and Scott, who have been elected to posts in the county and city going back for a quarter century.

“I know Fred Hubbell will work with local elected officials to grow all areas of Iowa,” Scott said in the release.

“Fred is not beholden to any special interests, he’ll fight for the interests of Iowans -- higher incomes, good schools and quality health care in every corner of our state.”

Gill also heartily endorsed Hubbell.

“With his extensive experience in both the private and public sector, Fred is the candidate I trust to clean up the state budget, limit wasteful corporate giveaways and invest in priorities like education," Gill said.

Hubbell, who lives in Des Moines, is a well-known philanthropist and campaign donor who has been involved in multiple business ventures in Iowa, including life insurance and retail firms.

Hubbell said he appreciates having the backing of municipal leaders such as Scott and Gill. Hubbell stopped at a Sioux City college in July during a swing to announce his campaign.

Other Democratic candidates have announced endorsements as the campaign advances toward a June 2018 primary vote that will determine the party's nominee.

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