Democrats Get Fired Up
by Lori Hall
Democrats from a five-county area turned out on Sunday evening to support their party and their candidates during the Democrat Rally. The third annual event was held Sunday, Sept. 27, in the ballroom at Wild Rose Casino & Resort in Emmetsburg. Approximately 147 individuals were in attendance.
Among the featured speakers were Becky Greenwald, candidate for the United State Congress; Michael Fitzgerald, Treasurer for the State of Iowa; Jack Kibbie, State Senator for District 4 and President of the Iowa Senate; Marcie Frevert, State Representative for District 7; Dolores Mertz, State Representative for District 8; and Pete D’alessandro, Iowa Governor Chet Culver’s political director. Chairmen from the five county area of Palo Alto, Emmet, Humboldt, Kossuth, and Pocahontas also spoke.
“This election is not far off. It’s one of the most important presidential elections in any of our life times,” began Jack Kibbie, event emcee.
“Being here with Senator Kibbie is certainly an honor along with Dolores Mertz and Marcie Frevert,” said State Treasurer Mike Fitzgerald. “We’ll have an election in just 40-some days, and we can’t let up. If Harry Truman were here today, he’d say, ‘We’re going to win this election and we’re going to make the Republicans like it’.”
State Representative Dolores Mertz touched on some of the reasons that she is running re-election, ending with, “I think we need to look at programs that are not working and get rid of them, and fund the ones that are working, and fund them well. This may be difficult, but Iowa has faced difficult times before, and we always come out stronger.”
“I’m proud to say that in the legislature we’ve created a number of initiatives that have made our schools and communities better. We have increased pay for teachers. Instead of being 42nd in the nation, we are now around 25th in the nation,” shared Marcie Frevert.
“I just want to say thank you for sending these great people [Kibbie, Frevert, and Mertz] to Des Moines, and please make sure that you do everything you can to send them back to us in January,” said Pete D’alessandro, political director for Gov. Chet Culver. “These are three leaders and three people that the governor calls in when he needs advice.”
The event’s keynote speaker, Becky Greenwald, who is running against U.S. Congressman Tom Latham, addressed those in attendance. “I am running for Congress because we need an independent thinker in Washington whose going to roll up her sleeves and do real work every day for the people of the 4th District.”
In regards to U.S. soldiers, Greenwald said, “Tom Latham has voted to give benefits to overseas companies, but voted against giving a $1,500 bonus to our men and women fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. I just have to ask ‘why?’ I’m committed to taking care of our troops.”
On renewable fuels, Greenwald stated, “All we hear from Latham is ‘drill, drill, drill’ and, certainly, we’ll have to drill to fill the transition to where we want to be, but we need to be sure that we have government behind us 100 percent in regards to renewable fuels. We need a strong leader in Washington who will stand up to the oil companies and make sure that we’re investing in the fuels of the future, not the fuels of the past.”
Greenwald concluded, “Growing up in Iowa, we have been through so much together. We stood by each other during the Farm Crisis; we help each other when we have floods and tornados. We’ve cheered our girls on in six-on-six and cheered our boys on in wrestling, and we hold our heads high and our flags higher in honor of our troops. We share community and values and common beliefs. Together we can make a difference.”