On Point Newsletter - May, 2023
If April Showers bring May flowers, we are set to bloom even more robust this Spring!
It’s been sunny skies and green grass on our side of the hill as all the U.S. Presidential candidates, bleary-eyed journalists and state lawmakers trek through our backyard and neighborhoods.
This spring, there has been a buzz of activity as many of the Presidential hopefuls swing by to get to know us better. Those dropping by just last month were:
Donald J. Trump, former President of the United States of America
Nikki Haley, former Ambassador to the United Nations (w/ U. S. Senator Joni Ernst)
Asa Hutchinson, former Governor of Arkansas
Vivek Ramaswamy, Entrepreneur and best-selling author
Larry Elder, Nationally-syndicated radio talk show host
Perry Johnson, Entrepreneur
Potential Candidates to Announce
Mike Pence, former Vice President of the United States of America
Tim Scott, U.S. Senator (R-South Carolina)
Ron DeSantis, Governor of Florida
Tulsi Gabbard, former U.S. Representative (I-Hawaii)
Will Hurd, Former U.S. Representative (R-Texas)
Getting Our Own House in Order for Spring
Being neighborly and all, Polk County Republicans have a lot of work to do in our own backyard. There are candidates to recruit, the Iowa Precinct Caucuses to prepare, parades to walk and messaging to trumpet: vote Republican and get America back on track!
We need your help. Chairman Gloria Mazza and her team have a plan on how we are going to get all these Caucus sites throughout Polk County–no small feat. And it involves YOU. There are parades starting next month and running through September in many of our communities–all needing your participation. There is the Iowa State Fair Booth in August. There are opportunities to host a backyard barbecue or meet-and-greet to get to know your neighbors as part of the robust Build the Base program.
Polk County Legislators Outstanding In Their Field
It’s been a busy legislative session at the Statehouse but the Polk County legislators led the way with passing Governor Reynolds’ overall agenda, including Student First Act, Government Reorganization, Bathroom Bill, and Gender Transition (procedure relative to minors) to mention just a few. Even though this legislative session is winding down, there are still many issues facing our state. In the “off-season,” reach out to your local legislator and bend their ear over a cup of coffee. They know they work for you. And we all work to make Polk County Republican Strong and Iowa a solid red majority leading into the 2024 Presidential elections.
Polk County Elected Officials
- Senator Jack Whitver [email protected]
- Senator Brad Zaun [email protected]
- Senator Michael Bousselot [email protected]
- Representative Eddie Andrews [email protected]
- Representative Bill Gustoff [email protected]
- Representative Dan Gehlbach [email protected]
- Representative Brian Lohse [email protected]
Contact the elected officials and sign up to receive their weekly newsletters.
Chairman's Report - Gloria Mazza
It is full steam ahead! Candidates are visiting, events are being planned, organization of caucus is in full swing, and this is all for 2024! BUT WAIT!!!! We are also gearing up for the most important of all - Our local elections - municipal and school board elections on November 7, 2023!
Have you considered stepping up to run for city council or school board? Do you now someone who would make a great candidate? We have been reaching into the communities and talking to leaders and planning a Candidate School with a tentative date of June to be announced in a few weeks. A team is being built to help candidates with data for door knocking. The Secretary of State's web page will help you start of the process of official papers to file and a Candidate Guide. Candidate Guide for Elections
Our local elections are just as important as our national elections. We need to be engaged.
When is Caucus? I hear this almost daily, however, no date has been set as Iowa is waiting for New Hampshire to set their primary election date. Iowa Republicans will still be first in the nation and once New Hampshire sets their primary date, Iowa will set their date 8-10 days prior to that. The Polk County Republicans are preparing for a cold winter night, that much we know! We are reviewing locations, and starting the recruitment of Caucus Chairs and Secretaries.
We would like to invite anyone willing to get more engaged this summer in the Caucus process to contact us. Starting in July and August Precinct Captains of the Central Committee will be holding meetings in their House District. (A House District is made up of 10 to 12 precincts.) Members want to get in touch with YOU! Come out and join your neighbors and help us get our areas organized. Are you tired of living in a BLUE county? We are! We want to get to know other Republicans, we want to form a strong team, we want to win elections, and we need YOU to accomplish this! If you need to get your precinct number click here, Find My Precinct Then email us your contact information and precinct and we will get in contact with you when the local meetings are set. Send this to: [email protected] I hope to hear from you, we have 176 precincts in Polk County over double any other county!
Time, Talent and Treasure
There is very little time to get done all that is needed to find Caucus locations, identify precinct leaders and Caucus leaders, pay for the sites, recruit your neighbors to attend events. But that’s what we are asking of you. Host a small, backyard barbecue, or a tea party on your porch. Light up your neighborhood. You know your neighbors. Bring them along to the parades and volunteer at our booths at summer festivals.
But we need your treasure, too. Now, more than ever, it’s easy to donate to the Polk County Republicans. We have many levels of giving. Visit our website Donate Today Did you know that you can set up automatic withdrawals from your bank account to support Polk County Republicans?
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Sherrill Whisenand, Communications Director
Republican Party of Polk County Iowa