POLK suggestions to action08 at gmail dot com   updated December 24, 2007
The Campaigns in Polk County
Polk County
County Seat: Des Moines
More Cities and Towns: Alleman, Altoona, Ankeny, Berwick, Bondurant, Clive, Elkhart, Grimes, Johnston, Mitchellville, Pleasant Hill, Polk City, Runnells, Sheldahl, Urbandale, West Des Moines, Windsor Heights.

Media >
The Des Moines Register
KCCI-8 (CBS)
WHO-TV 13 (NBC)
WOI-TV 5 (ABC)
WHO AM 1040 (Des Moines)
Des Moines Business Record
The Times-Delphic (Drake University)

Useful Links
Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau
Drake University
Grand View College
Des Moines Area Community College
Des Moines University
Mercy College of Health Sciences
Greater Des Moines Partnership
 


  
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Madison
Warren
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POPULATION ESTIMATES (Census Bureau)
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
408,888
401,755
394,211
389,862
385,479
380,625
375,832

VOTER REGISTRATION (Nov. 1, 2007 Active)
Total (Active) Republican Democratic Non-Partisan
253,861 72,600 (28.60%)  97,914 (38.57%) 83,347 (32.83%)
13.28% of 1,912,197 active registered voters statewide.

183 precincts of 1,784 precincts statewide

Representation
Polk County Elected Officials
County Officials
Democrats
Auditor Jamie Fitzgerald 
County Attorney John Sarcone 
Recorder Julie Haggerty  Clinton
Sheriff Dennis Anderson  Edwards
Treasurer Mary Maloney  Biden
Supervisor Angela Connolly  Obama
Supervisor Tom Hockensmith  Obama
Supervisor John Mauro 
State Senators 
34-Dick L. Dearden of Des Moines.  Clinton
33-Jack Hatch of Des Moines.  Clinton
31-Matt McCoy of Des Moines.
State Representatives
66-Ako Abdul-Samad of Des Moines.  Obama
65-Wayne Ford of Des Moines.  Obama
62-Bruce Hunter of Des Moines.  Biden
42-Geri Huser of Altoona.  Edwards
67-Kevin McCarthy of Des Moines.  Biden
61-Jo Oldson of Des Moines. 
68-Rick Olson of Des Moines. 
64-Janet Petersen of Des Moines.  Obama
Republicans
Supervisor Robert Brownell 
Supervisor E.J. Giovannetti 
State Senators
35-Larry Noble of Ankeny. 
30-Pat Ward of West Des Moines.  McCain
32-Brad Zaun of Urbandale.  Romney
State Representatives
70-Carmine Boal of Ankeny.  Huckabee
59-Dan Clute of Clive. 
60-Libby Jacobs of West Des Moines. 
63-Scott Raecker of Urbandale. 
69-Walt Tomenga of Johnston.  McCain

Local Party Leadership
Democrats
Polk County Democrats.  515-285-1800
Chair - Tom Henderson.  515-246-5559   henderson@whitfieldlaw.com 
Vice-Chair - Betty Brim-Hunter.
Treasurer - Stephan Hampton.
Secretary - Nita Noble.
Republicans
Polk County Republicans.  515-280-6438
Chair - Ted Sporer.  515-225-3580   chairman@polkgop.com
Co-Chair - Sarah Bowman.
Secretary - Emma Rittgers.
Treasurer - Wes Enos. Huckabee
The Campaigns in Polk County
DELEGATES TO THE STATE CONVENTION
358 of 2,500 (14.32%)
% of REGISTERED REPUBLICANS STATEWIDE
12.09% (72,600 of 600,572)
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BIDEN
Members of Steering Committee:
Former State Senator Tony Bisignano of Des Moines 
Former Iowa Democratic Party Ex. Dir. Judy McCoy Davis of Des Moines 
Polk County Treasurer Mary Maloney 
Emeritus Professor of Law, Drake University, Dan Power 
Legislative Endorsements
House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy  (9/13/07)
State Rep. Bruce Hunter of Des Moines  (11/21/07)
also:
Paulee Lipsman - caucus veteran; director, Democratic Research Staff, Iowa House of Representatives. (11/18/07)
(12/05/07 local endorsements)
Les Aasheim, Mayor of Clive and Sharon Aasheim, activist 
Jill Morrill, Johnston School Board member
Jim Carnahan, former Polk County Democratic chair
Laurie Soroka, Vice President of CWA Local 7102
Don Krause, Des Moines
Linda Krause, Des Moines
Steve Wandro, attorney
Nate Bouldon, labor lawyer
Marylyn Bruce, Democratic activist
Mary Kennedy, Democratic activist
 

CLINTON 
Field Office: 1900 Ingersoll Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309  515-243-0827
Midwest Co-Chairs  (6/1/07)
Bonnie Campbell of Des Moines-former Attorney General of Iowa 
Attorney Jerry Crawford
Iowa Co-Chairs (6/30/07)
Activist Tom Baccam 
Community and business leaders Bill Knapp and Susan Knapp 
Former Lieutenant Governor candidate Dr. Andy McGuire of Des Moines 
Endorsements
State Sen. Dick Dearden of Des Moines  (7/12/07)
State Rep. Jack Hatch of Des Moines  (12/24/07)
Polk County Recorder Julie Haggerty of Urbandale
 

DODD
County Leadership Team
(09/18/07)
Dick Murphy of Des Moines - Polk County School Board and returned Peace Corps volunteer, Co-Chair 
Rose Mary Pratt of Des Moines - Democratic activist and former staff member, Office of Gov. Tom Vilsack, Co-Chair 
John Tekippe of Waukee - President, IAFF Local 4, Co-Chair 
(11/28/07)
John Feller - former VFW Post Commander
Joanne Tubbs - teacher
Member of Statewide Leadership Team  (11/28/07)
Fred Hubbell of Des Moines Chair, Iowa Power Fund, State Co-Chair
 
 

EDWARDS
County Chairs/Co-Chairs  (6/12/07)
John Campbell, union activist, steelworker, Des Moines
Thomas Fisher, former State Representative, Des Moines 
Barbara Miller, West Des Moines
Dennis Anderson, Polk County Sheriff, Des Moines

Members of Iowa Statewide Steering Committee  (8/15/07)
Chair - Rob Tully, former Chair of Iowa Democratic Party and Democratic leader, Des Moines
Roxanne Conlin, civil rights attorney and former Iowa gubernatorial nominee
State Rep. Geri Huser, Altoona
Ed Fallon, former State Representative and 2006 Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Des Moines
Jeff Link, Democratic leader, Des Moines
Lena Avila Robinson, Investigator for Iowa Civil Rights Commission, President & Founder of Latinos Unidos of Iowa, Des Moines 
Brad Skinner, attorney and small businessman, Pleasant Hill
Ed Skinner, former state representative and small businessman, Pleasant Hill

Rural County Chair: Mary Clark of Carlisle.  (4/20/07)

Legislative Endorsement: State Rep. Geri Huser of Altoona
 
 

OBAMA
Field Office: 1309 50th St, West Des Moines
94-person Leadership Committee (9/24/07)
Ginger Adams, George Appleby, Som Baccam, Michelle Bailey, Nancy Bobo, Harry Bookey, Pamlea Bookey, Romen Borsellino, Gracie Brandsgard, Mark Brandsgard, Juanita Brown, Mary Brubaker, Diane Burget, Mayor Tim Burget, Stephanie Burkhall, Andy Burton, Hal Chase, Fmr. State Rep. Frank Chiodo, Milton Cole, Brendan Comito, Angela Connolly, Lily Cutler, Chris Diebel, Jacqui Easley, Clint Fitcher, Jennifer Fiihr, Gordon Fischer, Monica Fischer, Erin Freeland, Ruth Ann Gaines, Barbara Gentry, Nolden Gentry, Luther Glanton III, Andrea Greenquist, Steve Greenquist, Karla Hansen, Nadien Hawbaker, Joe Henry, Mitch Henry, Lany Herselius, Mayor Phil Hildebrand, Tom Hockensmith, Nadien Hogate, Ray Hutchinson, Eric Idehen, Phil James, Lorenzo Jasso, Amy Johnson, Dewayne Johnson, Cathy Jury, Mark Kende, Kittie Knauer, Dian Krell, Bob LaBlanc, Brenda LaBlanc, Rhonda Laird, Eileen Lundberg, Tommi Makila, Sharon Malheiro, Jim Maloney, Tina Manbeck, Andrew McGrean, Joni Meek-Brown, Crystal Nance, Dr. Tom Narak, Jack Navin, Margart Nelson, John Norris, Patricia Palmer, Arlina Pearce, Alba Perez, State Rep. Janet Peterson, Diane Pickle, Dolph Pulliam, Rev. Keith Ratliff, Khrystina Reeves, Judy Reha, Phil Roeder, Jon Rosmann, Charles Shelabarger, Sonya Siebert, Nedra Sparland, Eric Tabor, Mary Tabor, Mat Tapscott, John Tenikat, Rev. Henry Thomas, Rose Vasquez, Sophie Vlassis, Paulette Wiley, Richard Wilkey, Michelle Wilson, Charles Wishman, Tiffant Wogsland

Note: The Committee includes these current officials: State Rep. Janet Petersen (9/14/07), Pleasant Hill Mayor Phil Hildebrand, Altoona Mayor Tim Burget, County Supervisors Tom Hockensmith and Angela Connolly, and County Assessor Jim Maloney.
And, later: 
State Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad of Des Moines  (10/13/07)
State Rep. Wayne Ford of Des Moines  (12/23/07)
Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie  (12/02/07)
 
 

RICHARDSON
Members of Statewide Leadership Committee (11/20/07)
Kenneth Briggs - Pastor, Vietnam War Veteran (Clive)
Brandi McCauley - Activist (Des Moines)
Regional Leaders(12/10/07)
Denny Johnson - Grocer
Becky Kaiser - Activist 
Suzanne McCauley - Activist 
Elizabeth Keest Sedrel - Copy Editor 
John Sprole - Iowa Democratic Party Third District Central Committee Member 
 

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GIULIANI   (6/11/07)
County Chair
Eric Branstad 
Co-Chairs:
Josh Bronsink
Brad Buck
Jeffrey Crabtree
Mikel Derby
Daniel Forcey
Steven Garman
Benjamin Haldeman
Linda Henderson
James Mahony
Scott Mikkelsen
Dory Stevens
 

HUCKABEE
Endorsements
State Rep. Carmine Boal of Ankeny
Bob Andeweg, Urbandale Mayor
 

McCAIN
John Beamer, Stephanie Wells
Legislative Endorsements:
State Sen. Pat Ward of West Des Moines
State Rep. Walt Tomenga of Johnston
 

ROMNEY
Honorary County Chair State Sen. Brad Zaun (Urbandale)
Polk County Chair Connie Schmett 

City Chairs
Altoona Jon Gruber 
Ankeny W. Carl Livingston 
Clive Councilman Scott Cirksena 
Des Moines David Payer 
Grimes Brian Jones 
Johnston Andy Christiansen 
Mitchellville Chelsey Harding 
Pleasant Hill Alex Clark 
Polk City Kathy Arndt 
Runnells Dean & Diane Johnson 
Urbandale Senator Brad Zaun 
West Des Moines George Steenson 
Windsor Heights Beverly Poncin 
(5/30/07) 

also
Members of Romney for President Iowa Business Coalition    (6/20/07)
- Mike Carver, Commercial Real Estate Broker 
- David Greenspon, Competitive Edge Advertising Specialty 
- Jon Gruber, Owner, Riverside Consulting 
- Brian Patterson, Co-Owner, Burd & Patterson Design 
- David Payer, Owner, Omni Internet 

Campus chair: Ashton Schmidt (Drake University): Schmidt is a sophomore at Drake University majoring in Marketing and minoring in Theatre. She is a graduate of Denison High School in Denison, Iowa. Schmidt is currently the publicity chair for the Drake Chapter of College Republicans.  (5/1/07)

State co-chair: Marvin Pomerantz-Des Moines businessman.
 

FTHOMPSON
City Chairs: (11/5/07)
Ankeny - Chuck and Cheryl Ellis
Des Moines - Lori Tiancgo
Johnston - Katie Stout
Mitchellville - Chuck Verheul
West Des Moines - Greg Ivory
Windsor Heights - Dan Evans
 

former
BROWNBACK
Members of the Iowans for Brownback Leadership Committee
Chuck Hurley (Des Moines) 
(original member of exploratory committee)  President of the Iowa Family Policy Center.  Former state representative (represented Fayette County and surrounding from 1991-96).  Classmate of Brownback's at University of Kansas law school and at Kansas State Univ. where both studied agriculture.. 

Kevin McLaughlin (Des Moines) 
Has worked in the financial services and investment industry for 30 years.  In 2003, McLaughlin co-founded Iowans for Discounted Taxes.  Iowa Vice Chair for Steve Forbes' 2000 caucus campaign; Polk County Chair for Forbes' 1996 presidential bid.  Active in politics since 1977.  Born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa.  (12/21/06)

Kim Lehman (Johnston) 
President and executive director of Iowa Right to Life, started there as executive director in 2000.  Previously state director for Concerned Women for America. (1/4/07)

Members of Faith and Family Leadership Committee: (7/9/07)
Nick Bal, Des Moines 
Larry & Sara Morris, Des Moines 
David Rubin, Des Moines 
Shane Vanderhart, Des Moines 
Jeanne Jennings, Johnston 
Mark Bakker, Urbandale 
Peter & Becky Johnston, Urbandale 
Bob Deever, West Des Moines 
 

T.THOMPSON
Campus Chair: Jeff Butler, Drake University  (4/26/07)




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