Jim Webb to make first Iowa trip of 2016 cycle in April

Alex Hanson

Former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, a Democrat from Virginia who may challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, will appear in Iowa for the first time of the election cycle in April.

The Polk County Democrats announced on Monday that Webb will speak at the 4th annual Spring Awards Dinner on Friday, April 10th. The event includes a dinner at 5 p.m. and a program that begins at 6 p.m. It is set to take place at the United Auto Workers Local 450 building on NW 6th Drive in Des Moines.

Webb will speak at the event along with former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who was confirmed for the event last week.

Webb is a Vietnam War veteran and later served as Secretary of the Navy in the late 80’s under President Reagan. Almost 20 years later, Webb ran successfully for U.S. Senate in Virginia, narrowly winning by under 9,000 votes. Webb opted to not run for reelection after just one term.

In November, Webb became the first Democrat to announce he was forming an exploratory committee in preparation of a possible White House bid in 2016. The exploratory committee allows Webb to raise money, but he has been relatively quiet and behind the scenes since announcing its formation.