Marshall County Democrats gathered at the Community Building in Riverview Park on March 22 for the annual spring fundraiser.
On hand were elected officials Rep. Mark Smith, D-Marshalltown; Tyler Olson, D-Cedar Rapids; Patrick Murphy, D-Dubuque; and Marshall County Supervisor Dennis Grabenbauer.
Patrick Murphy is an announced candidate for the Democratic Nomination for Iowa's First Congressional District and was one of the featured speakers. Also speaking was Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Tyler Olson and Marshalltown area State Rep. Smith. Democrats attending asked the speakers questions about issues and philosophies.
Pictured are from Left to Right Pat Murphy, Mark Smith, and Ron Kuehn.
Murphy, who served as Speaker of the Iowa House during recent years of a Democratic Party majority leadership, shared some of his past and current priorities at both the state and national levels. Murphy was first elected to the Iowa House in 1989.
Olson discussed key differences between the Republican and Democratic Party philosophies and priorities. He was elected to lead the Iowa Democratic Party beginning in 2013.
Smith introduced both Murphy and Olson to the local Democrats and addressed the leadership qualities of both Murphy and Olson.
After a sandwich supper attendees participated in an auction to purchase baked goods and collectibles. Grabenbauer served as auctioneer and added humorous delivery to the auction festivities.
Drawing Prize winners will be announced soon.
Live music performed by local area musicians was enjoyed during the evening. County Party Chairperson Kay Gill thanked the Marshall County Finance Committee, Bert Permar, Carol Permar, Sue Blaisdell and Tom Swartz as well as Treasurer Sue Klaessy for their efforts to organize and implement the event.
For more information Contact Tom Swartz at 641-751-5119.