The Polk County Democratic Party serves to elect Democrats in Polk County, the State of Iowa, the third congressional district and the nation. Our purpose also includes working to sustain and advance the principles of social justice and democracy and to uphold civil rights, civil liberties, and constitutional government.
All Democrats in Polk County are represented by the Central Committee, which is comprised of two elected precinct representatives from each of the 183 precincts in Polk County. The Central Committee elects a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer as executive officers.
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AFFIRMATIVE ACTION & OUTREACH
Chair - Matthea Smith
Responsibilities Plan and implement affirmative action and outreach programs.
Chair - Mary Ann Ahrens
Responsibilities Develop newsletters, website and other communications.
Chair - Kerry Bowen
Responsibilities Plan and implement a comprehensive voter registration and absentee ballot program, train and assist Central Committee members in precinct organizing, and assist Central Committee with candidate recruitment.
Chair - Lee Thielmann
Responsibilities Organize and implement social and fundraising events.
Chair - Jon Murphy
Responsibilities Develop and direct fundraising plan and budgetary neeeds.
Chair - Art Hedberg
Responsibilities Document and provide history of the Polk County Democratic Party in Iowa
Chair - Max Knauer
Responsibilities Organize, develop and maintain strong participation on the Central Committee
Chair - John McCormally
Responsibilities Discuss and strategize Polk County's role in the GOTV process for 2012
Chair - Drew Gentsch
The duties of the Platform Committees following conventions may include but are not limited to:
- Research of public statements, voting records, and performance of official duties of elected officials within their constituencies;
- Factual research and development of proposals for legislative action in keeping with the Iowa Democratic Party Platform;
- Gathering information on the developing senses of priorities of active Democrats within their constituencies and giving guidance to the Democratic Leadership and to the Democratic Legislators from within their constituencies regarding such priorities and legislative developments;
- Making preliminary preparations for the next caucus/convention process of platform development.
In these efforts, the Platform Committee shall work in close cooperation with their corresponding Central Committee and elected Democratic legislators and other public officials.