Iowa 1st Congressional District Democratic Party

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As of:

2014 First District Convention

The Benton County Democrats welcomes the 1st District Democratic Convention to our county!

Start off the week-end Friday night April 25 and plan to attend the 1st District Congressional Candidate forum beginning at 7:00 pm at the Vinton-Shellsburg High School.

Saturday, April 26, registration 8:00 am, Convention begins at 9:00 am.

The suggested cost to the convention is $30.00 including lunch.
Those who are not delegates and wish to purchase lunch can do so for $10.00.

1) Location: Vinton is approximately 30 miles from both Waterloo and Cedar Rapids. Those attending can take I-380 to the Urbana Exit to Hwy 150 to south Vinton. Or Hwy 30 to Hwy 218 north 14 miles to Vinton or Hwy 20 to the Independence exit to Hwy 150 south and west to Vinton.

Convention Site: (Interactive Map)

Vinton-Shellsburg High School-210 W 21st St. South Vinton off Hwy 218

Lodging--Note dates that the block of rooms will be released.

Cobblestone Inn & Suites, 1202 W 11th St or Hwy 218 S, Vinton--319-472-2220 has a block of 5 rooms reserved at $80.00 + tax--release date April 9th. The Lobby is available for hospitality if anyone wants to use that but needs to call ahead.
Rooms available are 3 Whirlpool rooms with King Bed, 1 double Queen, 1 extended stay
Cobblestone Inn & Suites Map

Urbana Inn & Suites-5369 Hutton Dr. off Int. 380 Exit 40, Urbana, 319-443-8888-I have blocked 20 rooms at $65.00 + tax--release date April 18.
Urbana Inn & Suites Map

Modern Motel-302 N K Ave. Hwy 218- Vinton. 319-472-2391
Modern Motel Map

Numerous lodging options in Cedar Rapids or Waterloo, both are 30-35 miles from Vinton.

2) Please let anyone in your county, candidates etc. who would like to purchase an ad for the convention booklet to do so by emailing Lynn Bakula, color artwork and ad size by April 11, drop-dead date and Rosemary Schwartz, with your ad choice, $100 full page ad, $50.00 1/2 page ad. Payment should be made to the
1st District Democrats, and sent to
E.J. Gallagher
801 Sheridan
Waterloo, IA. 50701

3) The convention will include a silent auction. We are asking that every county plan on bringing an nice item for the silent auction. If you are attending the 1st District Congressional Candidate forum on Friday night, please bring you items for the auction then.

Please contact me with any questions. More information will be coming. See you on April 25-26.

Rosemary Schwartz
603 W 8th St.
Vinton, IA. 52349


The same Delegates and Alternates elected to the District Convention will attend the Iowa Democratic Party STATE Convention on June 21, 2014. These same Delegates and Alternates may need to attend a SPECIAL Convention on June 14, 2014, if there is no clear winner in the June 3 Primary for our U.S. Congress Candidate. NO OTHER DELEGATES OR ALTERNATES may be certified at that time if such run-off convention becomes necessary. Therefor it is important that All Election Results from Precinct Caucuses and County Conventions be reported Promptly and Accurately.

First District Summer Workshop
Saturday, August 17, 2013

Workshop Morning Opening

The Bi-Annual Workshop for Democratic Activists was hosted this year by the newly formed Tri-County Democrats of Worth, Mitchell and Howard Counties, held this year at the:

Howard County Fairgrounds
314 West 7th St
Cresco, Iowa

Workshop Program Book - PDF File

See Photo Gallery below, and visit our Facebook pages for candids taken by various attendees:
Workshop Photo Gallery
IDP1st District Facebook Page
2013 Workshop Facebook Event Page

Workshop Lunch

First District Central Committee
Scheduled Meetings
Saturdays, 1:00PM
January 11, 2014
March 15, 2014

Meetings of the 1st District Central Committee, See Map below to get Directions.

The First Congressional District Central Committee will continue meeting when called,on Saturdays, at 1:00 PM at the Black Hawk County Democrats' Headquarters. 512 Mulberry Street, Waterloo, IA. The March 15 meeting may have a different time schedule due to including the first meeting of District Convention Committees elected from their various County Conventions on March 8.

Jane Lawrence
1st District CC Secretary


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BRUCE BRALEY running for U.S. Senate!

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PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR COUNTY CONTACTS are up to date in this site. This includes your Democrat County Chair and other authorized representatives to the District Central Committee. This Information Must be communicated to the District Central Committee Secretary, Jane Lawrence who will see that it gets posted here.

Mission Statement

We are the Democrat Party organization of Iowa's First Congressional District. We are committed to the principles of social justice and democracy; to uphold civil rig?ts, civil liberties and constitutional government. We promote the election of a Democrat member of the United States Congress in this District. We also assist the election of state legislators whose boundaries cross county lines within the District, serve as a liaison between the county Democratic organizations and the Iowa Democratic Party, and provide a forum for county leaders. In odd years, we conduct a political training workshop.

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