The campaign is hitting the home stretch for candidates on Iowa’s June 5th primary ballot. Four men and two women are running for the democratic nomination for governor.

Nate Boulton, Cathy Glasson, Fred Hubbell, Andy McGuire, John Norris and Ross Wilburn will all be on the ballot with the winner to face-off with incumbent Republican Kim Reynolds.

John Norris stopped by the KCAU 9 Studios Monday. The fifth generation Iowan tells us he’s spending much of the final days of the campaign in rural Iowa where he grew up.

Norris says, as a state, growing the rural population of Iowa is critical to the state’s overall success.

“In our urban areas population has gone up ten percent and in the rural areas population has dropped five percent. We obviously can’t sustain our economy in rural Iowa with population loss. So we have to create better opportunities to attract people to stay and live in rural Iowa,” said Norris.

Norris says the chronic underfunding of Iowa schools is disproportionally harmful to the rural economy.