SIOUX CITY -- Jim Mowrer, a veteran who has previously run for Congress, is picking a different office to shoot for in 2018.
Mowrer, a Democrat, announced Thursday that he running for Iowa secretary of state.
Mowrer, who stopped in Sioux City as part of a campaign tour, said he would fight efforts to make it harder to vote.
"After speaking with auditors, community leaders and voters across the state, it's clear that we need a leader in the Secretary of State's office with a record of effectively managing taxpayer dollars and with a dedication to ensuring fair and accessible elections," Mowrer said in a statement.
In January, Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate, a Republican, proposed a voter identification law, saying it would improve election integrity.
The Republican-led Legislature followed through and then-Gov. Terry Branstad signed the a bill into law in April. Democrats have been critical of the plan, saying it's just a way to deter voting.
Mowrer also noted the law's scaling back of early voting opportunities.
An Iowa National Guard veteran, Mowrer served in Iraq in 2005 as an intelligence analyst. He also worked in the Pentagon.
He ran unsuccessfully last year for the 3rd Congressional District seat, losing to Rep. David Young. He also previously ran for Congress in Iowa's 4th District, losing to Republican Rep. Steve King in 2014.
Mowrer is married and has two children. He works at a nonprofit organization and is an adjunct professor at Grandview University in Des Moines.