I don’t know if it’s possible to win the turf war for yard signs in Madison County, and I know the issue of their effectiveness is debatable, but I’m glad to see we already have a greater sign presence for the coming election than we ever did in 2016. It sends a message that there’s more than one game in town, and lets us know we’re not alone!
Yard signs do cost money, though, especially those really big ones. Grassroots campaigns like ours can’t afford them. So, we have devised a plan for making our own large signs in support of our candidates, and all are invited to participate! “Signapalooza” will be held this Saturday, August 25th, from 9:00 to 4:00 at Robert Bell’s building located at 1843 Warren Ave. in Bevington. Come when you can and stay as long as you like. Supplies will be provided, but they do need to know how much plywood to buy for the signs. If you know you would like one for your property, whether you can attend or not, please send us a message at email@example.com to let us know how many and for which candidate(s). The cost is $20 for a 4′ x 4′ sign (pictured at left) or $35 for a 4′ x 8′ sign (for reimbursement of materials only).
With just 76 days to the election, now is the time to get engaged and/or stay engaged! Your presence at these events really does matter. This Thursday night, August 23rd, we have a Madison County Democrats meeting at the Pizza Ranch restaurant at 6:30 pm. Regardless of whether you’ve never been to one or haven’t been to one recently, we welcome you with open arms. We have some important work to do between now and November 6th, and we need all hands on deck.
Of course you already know and support Vicky Brenner. She’s done such a great job of getting out there and meeting people that it might feel to us like the work is done, and she’s got this in the bag. On the contrary, NOW is the time when she needs to know we are there to support her and do everything we can to help her win. That’s why it’s important to go to her events (as well as those for Ryan, Alan, Jana, and Cindy Axne) in these last couple of months, such as the Together With Brenner BBQ coming up this Sunday at 4:00 pm at the Judge Lewis House Bed & Breakfast in Winterset.
You’re thinking, “Wait — are they asking me to go to a committee meeting on Thursday, a sign-making party on Saturday, and a barbecue on Sunday?” Yes. Yes we are.
And here’s a little musical inspiration for you, my liberal friends. Crank it.
Thursday, October 11, 2018: Festival Float Decorating
6:00 pm. We will be using Kiernan's barn for decorating our Covered Bridge Festival float. It is located at 2007 Highway 92, west of the 4-way stop. Join us and lend your creativity!
October 14, 2018:
Covered Bridge Festival Parade
12:30pm to 3:30pm starting at Winterset High School. Walk in the Covered Bridge parade with the Madison County Democrats and local candidates! We will line up at the Winterset high school starting at 12:30. The parade starts at 2:00. If you prefer to ride, a hay rack will be available - bring a red, white, or blue cover to sit on. Drivers are needed to park on 10th St at the end of the parade route.
Monday, October 15, 2018: Meet & Greet with Tim Gannon
12pm to 1pm at Northside Cafe, 61 E. Jefferson, Winterset. Please join candidate for Secretary of Agriculture Tim Gannon at Northside Cafe in Winterset on Monday, October 15th! With less than a month until Election Day, Tim is excited to be coming to Madison County to talk with folks about how he will fight on behalf of Iowa’s farming towns and agricultural economy as the next Secretary of Agriculture. Coffee will be served, but food is not provided.
Tim Gannon is a fifth generation Iowan and former USDA Official where he served for eight years under Secretary Vilsack. Before joining the USDA, Tim worked on President Obama's 2008 Iowa campaign as Director of Rural Outreach. In August, Tim was honored to receive President Obama's endorsement. Now, when he's not taking care of his new-born daughter Lucy, Tim works on his family's Century Farm in his hometown of Mingo, IA.
Sunday, October 14, 2018:
Meet & Greet Ryan Marquardt in Norwalk
3:30pm to 5pm at 1736 Bristol St, Norwalk. Meet & Greet Ryan Marquardt, Candidate for Iowa House District 25. Come enjoy good food, conversation, and bring your questions. Hosted by Judy Farrell Corcoran.
October 20, 2018:
Get Out the Vote!
SAVE THE DATE! More information about times and locations will be coming soon. People will be needed for canvassing, phone calling, making out postcards, following up on absentee ballots, and more.