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Politics: Jackson County residents, candidates to share a drink and talk politics

A bevy of Democrats vying for county, statewide and congressional offices will descend on Maquoketa, Iowa, this week to share a pint and talk politics.

Hosted by the Jackson County Democrats, more than one-dozen candidates will attend the informal event from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Eagles Club, 1102 E. Platt St.

“Enjoy a drink and stay up to date with Democratic candidates running for county office, governor and 1st Congressional District representative,” according to organizer Roberta Rosheim.

Five of the seven Democratic candidates running for governor will be on hand. They include Andy McGuire, a physician and past chairwoman of the Iowa Democratic Party; former state and federal administrator John Norris; party activist Jonathan Neiderbach; former Iowa City Mayor and City Council Member Ross Wilburn; and Iowa Sen. Nate Boulton, D-Des Moines.

Campaign representatives for ICU nurse and union leader Cathy Glasson and retired business executive and philanthropist Fred Hubbell also will be on hand.

Three of the four Democrats running for their party’s nomination to challenge Dubuque Republican U.S. Rep. Rod Blum in the 2018 mid-term election also are scheduled to attend. They include Thomas Heckroth, of Cedar Falls, Courtney Rowe, of Cedar Rapids, and George Ramsey III, of Marion.

Iowa Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Dubuque, is unable to attend due a prior engagement, according to her campaign.

Also expected to attend are Iowa secretary of state candidate Dierdre DeJear, and Rob Sand, who is running for state auditor, as well as Bellevue Democrat Joe Oclon. Oclon plans to run against Iowa Rep. Andy McKean, R-Anamosa, who is seeking re-election to the House District 58 seat, which represents most of Jones County and all of Jackson County.

Iowa Sen. Tod Bowman, D-Maquoketa, who is running for a third term, also will be on hand.

Candidates running for Jackson County office expected to attend include County Attorney Sara Davenport, Supervisor Larry McDevitt, Recorder Arlene Schauf and Arlene Lyon, who is running for treasurer.

For more information, call Rosheim at 563-599-0453.


The candidate filing period is open in Iowa for state and federal offices for the June 5 primary election.

Candidates can file through Friday, March 16.

As of Friday afternoon, four area candidates have filed their paperwork with the state.

Incumbent Iowa Rep. Lee Hein, R-Monticello, has filed to run for re-election in District 96. The district covers Delaware County and part of Jones County.

Lindsay James and Brad Cavanagh, both Democrats from Dubuque, have filed to run for the Iowa House of Representatives District 99 seat held by Finkenauer.

Libertarian Lucas Link filed to run for the Iowa House District 57 seat held by Shannon Lundgren, R-Peosta.

Illinois State Rep. John Cabello, R-Machesney Park, Ogle County Republican Party Central Committee Chair Stacy Flanagan and ABATE PAC, the political arm of A Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education Illinois, recently endorsed Freeport, Ill., Alderman Andrew Chesney in his bid for the Illinois House of Representatives.

Chesney and fellow Freeport resident and Stephenson County Board Member Steven R. Fricke are running as Republicans in the March 20 primary for the House seat now held by fellow Freeport Republican Brian Stewart. The seat covers Jo Daviess County.

Stewart is running for the Illinois Senate seat being vacated by Tim Bivins, R-Dixon, who is retiring. Galena Democrat Nicholas P. Hyde also is running for the House seat.


MARCH 10: The Dubuque County Farm Bureau will host a legislative forum from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Peosta Farm Bureau office at 8479 Peosta Commercial Court. For more information, call 563-583-7309.

Heckroth will hold a meet-and-greet event from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the home of Jack Wertzberger, 95 S. Grandview Ave. The event is open to the public. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to info@thomasheckroth.com or by calling 319-361-2977.

Cavanagh will host a “Rock for Democracy” concert beginning at 6 p.m. at The Smokestack, 62 E. Seventh St., Dubuque. The event is free, open to the public and family friendly. Donations will be accepted for Cavanagh’s campaign for the Iowa House of Representatives. For more information, email brad@bradcavanagh.com or call 563-663-7317.

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