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March 7, 2014

Local Dems, GOP prepare conventions

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Locally, Democrat Dave Loebsack (House District 2) awaits a Republican challenger to filter through the primaries, and Clinton County Supervisor Brian Schmidt made his announcement last week that he will challenge incumbent Democratic state Sen. Rita Hart. Two Clinton County Supervisors seats also are on the line.

There’s room to be optimistic for a higher voter turnout despite a mid-term election, Pardee said. That’s why it’s important for citizens to start becoming informed today. On Saturday, citizens will have the chance to voice what they think should be the Clinton County platform.

“It’s part of their democratic constitutional rights to participate in the political process, which leads to voting,” she said. “A lot of people don’t realize that this process is connected to voting. Knowing who and why you’re voting for someone. Even with Iowa’s better than average voting record, we have a ways to go.”

Guest speakers are scheduled to make appearances at both Clinton County events. Cedar County Supervisor Jeff Kaufmann will be the keynote speaker for the Republican convention, appearing with U.S. Senate and House candidates expected to make rounds throughout several simultaneous conventions held statewide. For the Democrats, Hart will speak alongside incumbent state House Rep. Mary Wolfe as well as local hopefuls at the county and state levels.

Both events are free to attend.

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