Today, Dr. Todd Wendt won the Democratic Special Nominating Convention in Senate District 3. Troy Price, the chair of the Iowa Democratic Party, released the following statement on Dr. Wendt’s candidacy:
“Congratulations to Dr. Todd Wendt on becoming the Democratic Nominee for Iowa’s Third Senate District. Our supporters and volunteers in the district are ready to stand with Todd in this race as he makes his case to the people of Woodbury and Plymouth Counties.
In many ways, Todd represents the best of our party and the best of our state. He’s a hardworking member of his community, dedicated to providing real, results driven leadership for his friends and neighbors. Todd has demonstrated time and time again that his priority is always the people he serves, which is why we cannot think of a better person to represent the Third District.”
Learn more about Dr. Todd Wendt and his campaign at toddwendtforiowa.com.
Today, the Iowa Democratic Party released the following statement from Chair Troy Price marking the celebration of Veterans Day.
“Today we take the time to say thank you to the brave Americans who have sacrificed so much for our country. Our veterans and the values they represent constantly remind us of the importance of our Democracy. They have our gratitude, as well as, an unwavering commitment from us that we will do everything in our power to maintain the integrity of the Democracy they fought to protect.
We are concerned that under current leadership, the state of Iowa isn’t keeping its promises to our veterans. From the disastrous Republican takeover of Medicaid to the massive cuts to critical DHS programs, the programs that are supposed to help our veterans once they come home are being dismantled.
Democrats stand at the ready to find solutions and produce results for our veterans, because that’s what they did for us while serving in the Armed Forces.
To every veteran in Iowa and across the country, we wish you a happy and healthy Veterans Day.”
In her weekly press conference earlier this week, Governor Reynolds tried to minimize her ties to GOP power couple Connie and Kim Schmett and passed off any responsibility for responding to the allegations that the couple took money from Saudi Arabia to exploit veterans and lobby against 9/11 victims.
Despite the fact that the Schmetts hosted a fundraiser for her as recently as September, Governor Reynolds claims that they have only given $100 to her campaign. She did not say whether or not she would be returning those funds.
Governor Reynolds placed all responsibility for holding the Schmetts accountable on the State Legislature and Iowa Ethics & Campaign Disclosure Board. It should be noted that the Ethics Board is housed under the Executive Branch.
“Reynolds fundraisers Kim and Connie Schmett took money from Saudi Arabia to lobby against victims of 9/11 and Governor Kim Reynolds is waiting on ‘third parties’ to tell her what to do about it,” said Iowa Democratic Party Spokesperson Tess Seger. “Even if she has no legal recourse, Governor Reynolds could use her considerable influence to condemn their actions and call for their resignations. The people of Iowa need a governor who’s willing to stand up for what’s right, not one who puts party over leadership.”
*These dates are in accordance with the Iowa Code, Sections 43.92, and 43.4; and the Iowa Democratic Party Constitution, Article II Section 2 and Article VI Section 8.
Sunday, January 21, 2018-
First Day to publish first required caucus notice. Must be published on or between January 21 and January 28.
Monday, January 29, 2018-
First day to publish second required caucus notice. Must be published on or between January 29 and February 5.
Deadline for filing precinct caucus locations with the County Auditor.
Monday, February 5, 2018-
Saturday, March 24, 2018-
Time determined by county central committees
Saturday, April 28, 2018-
Time determined by district central committees
Tuesday, June 5, 2018-
Saturday, June 16, 2018-
State Convention, Des Moines IA
More information can be found at: http://iowademocrats.org/2018-caucus-documents/