||August (10-20), 2006--Most of the statewide and federal candidates
made appearances at the Fair. (Above) Denise O'Brien, the Democratic
nominee for Secretary of State, talks with a woman at the Iowa Democratic
booth. O'Brien and her husband have a family farm near Atlantic,
and she is executive director of Women Food and Agriculture Network.
She is running against Bill Northey, a corn and soybean farmer from Spirit
Lake who has served as president and as chairman of the National Corn Growers
Association. (Below) Bob Vander Plaats, the Republican nominee for
Lieutenant Governor, greets people entering the Pork Producers tent.
Vander Plaats, a business consultant from Sioux City, had been running
for Governor, but ended his campaign in February 2006 and join Congressman
Jim Nussle, adding geographic balance to the ticket. His Democratic
counterpart, running with Chet Culver is teh current Secretary of Agriculture