Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz (R) is moving further toward a run for retiring Rep. Tom Latham's (R-Iowa) House seat.
"Friends, I have received a lot of support and encouragement as I have considered becoming a candidate for Iowa's 3rd Congressional District. Next week, I will be making an important and exciting announcement about this race and my future plans to fight for Iowa," Schultz writes in a Facebook post.
Iowa state Sen. Brad Zaun (R), the 2010 GOP nominee, is expected to run. State Sens. Jake Chapman (R) and Charles Schneider (R) and state Rep. Rob Taylor (R) are also mulling bids.
Iowa state Sen. Jack Whitver (R) decided on Wednesday not to run for the seat.
Latham's late December decision to retire from the House gave Democrats a top pick-up opportunity. President Obama won the district by narrow margins in both of his presidential campaigns.
Democrats had coalesced around Iowa state Sen. Staci Appel (D) before Latham's decision to retire.