DES MOINES | One of Iowa's top Republican activists and a retired businessman and former U.S. Senate candidate are among those backing GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor’s campaign announced Tuesday.

Joni Scotter, a Republican activist from Cedar Rapids, and Mark Jacobs, the retired CEO of Reliant Energy who ran for the U.S. Senate in 2014, have joined state lawmakers and other prominent Iowa Republicans in supporting Bush’s campaign.

Bush, who has been exploring a presidential campaign for months, formally jumped into the race Monday.

Bush will visit Iowa on Wednesday, holding town hall events in Washington and Pella.

"This strong show of support is telling," Bush spokeswoman Allie Brandenburger said in an email. "Iowans are learning more about Gov. Bush and his record as a conservative governor of Florida. They know he can fix the mess in Washington because he did it in Florida."

Bush is one of a dozen Republican candidates for president, with more expected to join the race in the coming weeks.

In recent GOP polls in Iowa, Bush has drawn the support of between 5 percent and 10 percent of respondents, placing him between second and fifth.

Scotter is well-known for her tireless activism on behalf of Republican candidates.

Jacobs was one of the front-runners in a five-candidate primary for Iowa’s open U.S. Senate seat in 2014, and he spent more than $1.5 million of his own money on the campaign.

Other Bush supporters announced Tuesday by his campaign:

• Former U.S. Rep. Greg Ganske

• Former Iowa Sen., U.S. Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Mary Kramer

• Iowa Sen. Charles Schneider

• Iowa Reps. Zach Nunn, Ken Rizer, Ron Jorgensen

• Former Iowa Rep. Renee Schulte

• Des Moines councilwoman Christine Hensley

• Activists and business leaders Becky Beach, Calvin Rozenboom, Barbara Smeltzer, Erin Strawn, John Ruan III, Susan Geddes, Phil Condo, Thomas Dorr, Peggy Herman, Brian Kennedy


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