In a show of organizational strength, Rita Hart announced today the endorsements of 73 local leaders in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District for her campaign. It included people in all 24 counties across the district and nearly every local Democratic state legislator.

The slew of endorsements is reflective of the deep well of support Hart was within the Democratic Party. She spent six years in the Iowa Senate and was Fred Hubbell’s running mate in 2018, impressing activists and fellow lawmakers during that time. She personally took the initiative on several major policy items, including hosting a statewide water quality summit in her district in 2017. Many Democrats also see Hart’s background as a farmer and former school teacher as fitting the Iowa electorate well.

“As a 20-year veteran educator, Rita Hart understands the difference education makes and will work tirelessly for all Iowa families in Congress,” said former IDP Chair Sue Dvorsky in a press release. “I know Rita will bring the same passion, energy, and commitment to Congress that she showed for her students and Iowa schools every day.

For any Democrat who was also thinking of running and facing Hart in a primary, this list would likely make them think twice. Hart will already start with a great name ID among activists, a serious fundraising advantage, and a good profile that fits the district.

Here is the full list of endorsements for Hart:

Joan Amos, Former Chair of the Lucas County Democratic Party, Lucas County

Rep. Wes Breckenridge, Iowa House District 29, Jasper County

Sen. Joe Bolkcom, Iowa Senate District 43, Johnson County

Fmr. Sen. Chris Brase, Iowa Senate District 46, Muscatine County

Nancy Camardo, Former Chair of the Wayne County Democratic Party, Wayne County

Nancy Courtney, Des Moines County

Fmr. Sen. Tom Courtney, Iowa Senate District 44, Des Moines County

Sandy Dockendorff, Former Iowa Second District Democratic Committee, Chair

Susie Drish, Chair of the Jefferson County Democratic Party, Jefferson County

Cindy Drost, Former County Recorder, Mahaska County

Tom Drost, farmer and businessman, Mahaska County

Fmr. Sen. Bob Dvorsky, Iowa Senate District 37, Johnson County

Sue Dvorsky, Former Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party, Johnson County

Jeff Fager, Chair of the Henry County Democratic Party, Henry County

Ann Fields, Chair of the Marion County Democratic Party, Marion County

Sue Frembgen, Former Chair of the Scott County Democratic Party, Scott County

Rep. Mary Gaskill, Iowa House District 81, Wapello County

Bill Gluba, Former Mayor of Davenport, Scott County

Thom Hart, Former Mayor of Davenport, Scott County

Naseem Hesler, Former Mayor of Keosauqua, Van Buren County

Cathy Helman, Henry County

Dave Helman, Former Chair of the Henry County Democratic Party, Henry County

Larry Hodgden, Chair of the Cedar County Democratic Party, Cedar County

Barb Hood, Jefferson County Democratic Party Treasurer, Jefferson County

Rep. Dave Jacoby, Iowa House District 74, Johnson County

Becky Johnson, Former Co-Chair of Appanoose County Democratic Party, Appanoose County

Dr. Thomas Johnson, Former Co-Chair of Appanoose County Democratic Party, Appanoose County

Mark Jondal, Louisa County

Cheryll Jones, Chair of the Davis County Democratic Party, Davis County

Melinda Jones, Vice Chair of the Wapello County Democratic Party, Iowa Democratic Party State Central Committee Member, Wapello County

Fmr. Lieutenant Governor Patty Judge, Former LG & Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Monroe County

Sen. Kevin Kinney, Iowa State Senate District 39, Johnson County, Keokuk County, Washington County

Jim Krier, Keokuk County farmer and small businessman, Keokuk County

Mary Krier, Former Keokuk County Chair, Former Keokuk County Supervisor, Keokuk County

Rep. Monica Kurth, Iowa House District 89, Scott County

Eric Van Lancker, Clinton County Auditor, Clinton County

Linda Larkin, Lee County

Rick Larkin, Lee County Supervisor, Lee County

DiAnne Lerud-Chubb, Chair of the Des Moines County Democratic Party, Des Moines County

Rick Lincoln, Clinton County Sheriff, Clinton County

Sen. Jim Lykam, Iowa Senate District 45, Scott County

Janet Lyness, Johnson County Attorney, Johnson County

Henry Marquard, Scott County

Rep. Mary Mascher, Iowa House District 86, Johnson County

Carol McGuire, Clinton County Democratic Party Vice-Chair

Fmr. Rep Phil Miller, Iowa House District 82, Jefferson County

Bill Morain, Decatur County Democratic Party Central Committee, Decatur County

Rep. Amy Nielsen, Iowa House District 77, Johnson County

Eric Palmer, Chair of the Mahaska County Democratic Party, Mahaska County

Molly Regan, Scott County Democratic Party Executive Committee, Scott County

Mary Jo Riesberg, Lee County

Bill Russell, Graceland University, Decatur County

Becky Schmitz, Jefferson County Democratic Party Vice-Chair, Jefferson County

Emilyne Slagle, Member of the Scott County Democratic Party Executive Board, Blue Grass City Councilor, Scott County

Michelle Smith, Chair of the Jasper County Democratic Party, Jasper County

Den South, Decatur County

Sharon South, Decatur County

Mary Stewart, Wapello County Democratic Party Secretary, Wapello County

Roger Stutsman, Johnson County

Fmr. Rep. Sally Stusman, Iowa House District 77, Johnson County

Megan Suhr, Member of the Knoxville City Council, Marion County

Annette Taylor, Henry County

Sen. Rich Taylor, Iowa Senate District 42, Henry County, Lee County, Jefferson County, Washington County

Rep. Phyllis Thede, Iowa House District 93, Scott County

Rita Vargas, Scott County Recorder, Scott County

Sen. Zach Wahls, Iowa Senate District 37, Johnson County, Cedar County, Muscatine County

Sally Walker-Jondal, Chair of Louisa County Democratic Party, Louisa County                        

Carole Waterman, Clarke County

Steve Waterman, Chair of the Clarke County Democratic Party, Clarke County

Janice G. Weiner, First Vice-Chair of the Johnson County Democratic Party, Johnson County

Lorraine Williams, Former Washington County Democratic Party Chair and owner of Café Dodici, Washington County

Rep. Mary Wolfe, Iowa House District 98, Clinton County

Fmr. Rep. and Sen. Frank Wood, Iowa House District 92, Iowa Senate District 42, Scott County

 

 

by Pat Rynard
Posted 5/22/19

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