President Barack Obama is making a historical campaign stop in Marshalltown Tuesday.
The Obama for America campaign confirmed the visit by Obama and has requested use of the Marshall County Courthouse lawn on Tuesday between 2 and 5 p.m. for what is called a "local appreciation event."
Details of the event, including the exact time of the rally are forthcoming, the campaign said in an email to media.
President Barack Obama waves at a campaign stop in Oakland, Calif. in July. Obama will visit Marshalltown for a campaign stop on Tuesday.
It will be Obama's first visit to Marshalltown as a sitting president. He made three campaign stops in Marshalltown in 2007 as an Illinois senator prior to the 2008 Iowa Caucuses.
"I think it shows people that Iowa is a very important state in the election," said Kay Gill, chair of the Marshall County Democrats. "I'm very excited that he has picked Marshalltown as one of the places to come back to. This is a real coup for Marshall County."
It is believed to be the first visit by a sitting president to Marshalltown since Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940.
A campaign official said in an email to the Marshall County Board of Supervisors that they expect between 1,500 and 2,000 people at the event.
"It's a great honor to have the president back," Rep. Mark Smith, D-Marshalltown, who supported Obama in 2008, said. "To host a sitting president is a big event."
Staff with the Marshalltown Police Department and Marshall County Sheriff's Office planned meetings with the Secret Service in preparation for the event.
Obama's visit to Marshalltown will be part of a three-day campaign tour of Iowa which also includes stops in Council Bluffs and Boone on Monday, Oskaloosa and Waterloo on Tuesday and Dubuque and Davenport Wednesday.