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Hatch Names Vernon as Running Mate

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa Sen. Jack Hatch has chosen a Cedar Rapids city councilwoman as his running mate as he seeks to unseat Gov. Terry Branstad in November.
   Hatch is announcing in Cedar Rapids that Monica Vernon is his choice to run alongside him for lieutenant governor.
   A biography posted Tuesday on his campaign website says she is serving her second four-year term on the city council.
   She is founder of Vernon Research Group, a market research firm. She has also worked as a community relations director for Mount Mercy University and was previously a reporter for the Gazette.
   Vernon, who is 56, ran for Iowa's U.S. House 1st District seat coming in second behind Iowa Rep. Pat Murphy.
   She is married to an attorney, Bill Vernon, and has three adult daughters.

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